Odds on Brazil to win the World Cup – is 3/1 too short a price to be backing the hosts?

Much is expected of Neymar and co as we head into this year’s World Cup, with the latest Brazil World Cup odds putting the side as the stand out 3/1 favourites in the latest betting,

The five time World Champions go into the tournament as favourites in front of their home supports, however they know all too well what happened last time they hosted the World Cup.

All the way back in 1950, heartbreakingly for the country, they lost 2-1 to Uruguay in the final match of the competition, to lose in front of 200,000 fans.

Manager: Luis Felipe Scolari
World Cup best: Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
How they qualified: Hosts

Brazil were awarded the World Cup back in 2007 meaning they didn’t have to qualify and have played numerous friendlies.

Star player: Neymar (Barcelona)

The Barcelona man has struggled at times this season at club level, however his form for Brazil has been excellent.

A hat-trick against South Africa in Brazil’s last match and a fantastic 2013 Confederations Cup has highlighted how good he is in the gold of Brazil.

30 goals in just 47 international caps is an amazing return, especially considering his best years are certainly ahead of him.

The weight of a nation is on the winger’s shoulders and if he can handle it then Brazil have an excellent chance of redemption for 1950.

One to watch: Bernard (Shakthar Donetsk)

Bernard will almost certainly be used as an impact substitute by Luis Felipe Scolari at the World Cup.

The former Chelsea manager is a big fan of Bernard though, claiming he is more than just a pacey winger and has excellent tactical knowledge.

Bernard was chosen ahead of Paris Saint Germain’s Lucas Moura and a good World Cup, even if it’s mainly from the bench, could see him earn a move to one of the top European leagues.

Strengths

Brazil’s defence is on paper up there with any at the tournament, which given their previous back lines is a surprise.
Thiago Silva is arguably the best central defender in the world and his partnership with Chelsea’s David Luiz conceded just three goals in five games at last summer’s successful Confederations Cup.

Weaknesses

From the outside looking in, their perceived weakness is the lack of a “world-class” striker, however Fred has excelled since Leandro Damiao’s injury.
His back to goal work brings the likes of Neymar, Hulk and Oscar into the game, which is where their real attacking threat comes from.

Scolari would love to be able to call upon Diego Costa though, who opted to represent Spain instead and the absence of the Atletico forward could be a real blow.

How far can they go?

If Brazil doesn’t lift the World Cup on the 13th July then they will have failed.

A fairly easy group should be routinely progressed from, however one of Spain, Holland or Chile await in the second round. Will the pressure be too much for them? 3/1 looks a tad too short for us.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar, Jefferson, Victor

Defenders: Daniel Alves, Maicon, Thiago Silva (C), David Luiz, Marcelo, Dante, Maxwell, Henrique

Midfielders: Ramires, Oscar, Paulinho, Hernanes, Luiz Gustavo, Bernard, Fernandinho, Willian

Forwards: Neymar, Hulk, Fred, Jo

Group A
Brazil
Croatia
Mexico
Cameroon

Fixtures

Thursday 12th June: Brazil vs. Croatia 21:00

Tuesday 17th June: Brazil vs. Mexico 20:00

Monday 23rd June: Cameroon vs. Brazil 21:00

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