World Cup Betting: Brazil to Rely on Offensive Dominance

Richard O'Hagan

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 6:42 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 6:42 PM GMT

Brazil has always been a dominant force in when it comes to interantional soccer competition, and it shows as they hold the record with the most World Cup titles (5). Let's take an early look at some of our expectations.

Betting on Brazil in this tournament could prove to be a lucrative business if you do it properly. The hosts have won three of their five world titles in the Americas and were shock losers in the final the last time that the tournament was played in their homeland. Despite this, they are only 4.25 to win the tournament with Bwin.

Of course, those older teams had a reputation for great attacking flair and defensive insecurity, winning games by the simple means of outscoring the opposition. Don’t expect too much of that this time around, though. The 2014 Brazil are much more inclined to pragmatism than all out attack.

That said, any side boasting the prodigious scoring talents of Neymar is going to score goals, which makes the 2.1 offered by William Hill on Brazil scoring more than 7.5 goals during the group stage a bet worth making.

Neymar is, understandably, short odds to be Brazil’s top goalscorer in the tournament, with the best price on offer being 1.75 with 888.com. What that does do, though, is to lengthen the odds on his compatriots. It might therefore be worthwhile having a small bet on Fred at 9.0. The Fluminense star is approaching veteran territory at 31, but has the experience of having played – and scored – in the 2006 competition and with defenders concentrating on Neymar, Robinho and Dani Alves, he could find himself with plenty of scoring chances.

Drawn in a group with Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon, Brazil should have no trouble qualifying and the best price you will get on them doing so is the tiny 1.05 that BetVictor are offering. However, they are likely to meet either Spain or the Netherlands in the second round, which does offer the prospect at least of a shock elimination and something which you can get 4.8 on at Sportingbet.

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