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Brazil World Cup 2018 Betting Odds
When is Brazil playing and what are the odds? Throughout the World Cup, cash in on best of the online sportsbooks action for every single game of Brazil’s national soccer team.
Brazil World Cup 2018 Schedule
You will find Brazil’s upcoming schedule right here. Check out their latest results and take a look at odds for upcoming fixtures. For past results, you can review lineups, match reports and statistics which will help give you the edge when deciding on your final bet.
Brazil World Cup 2018 Standings
Brazil head Group E, which also includes Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia. Below you will find their current tournament standings, updated after every matchday.
Brazil Odds To Win The World Cup
Brazil are never too far away from World Cup glory, and the leading sportsbooks have acknowledged this by placing them up with the favourites to win the tournament. Sports Interaction have listed the Brazilians as second favourites behind Germany, priced at +500 to win in Russia.
As noted above, Brazil have topped their group in the last nine tournaments and have only missed the second round twice in history. They are at -5000 to qualify from Group E, which indicates their expected dominance, while they are favoured to reach the quarter final (-200). The value bets are the +110 on offer for the South Americans to reach the semi-final stage, something they have done more often than not, while you can get +225 for them to make the final.
We are predicting big things for Brazil in 2018 – they are our pick to win the World Cup in Russia. Three out of the last four tournaments have been won by the team ranked second in the world prior to the competition, which is a position Brazil currently holds, and we expect their team of superstars to overcome the likes of France, Germany, Spain and Argentina in the latter stages.
With quality all over the pitch, and with lessons hopefully learnt after their semi-final exit in 2014, we expect them to clinch a sixth World Cup title, and can’t wait to see them in action in 2018.
Brazil Squad & Key Players
All teams must declare a 30 man squad for the World Cup by the middle of May, while the final 23 man squads don’t have to be finalised until the first week of June, just days prior to the tournament start date. We will update you when the team sheets are announced, but first let’s take a look at some of the most important players in the Brazilian team and who we think will play a big part in the competition.
Neymar (Winger / Forward)
The man at the centre of the most expensive transfer in history has more than lived up to the hype for Paris Saint-Germain and continues to perform in the manner that has many pundits tipping him to be the next Ballon d’Or recipient. He has turned the Parisian club into a genuine threat to win the 2017/18 Champions League, and was involved in plenty of the goals in the club’s record-breaking group stage performance.
Despite being just 25 years old, Neymar has already made 83 appearances for his country and scored 53 goals. While he isn’t as prolific as Pele, he will almost certainly overtake the great man, and possibly within the next two years. In a team full of superstars, he still manages to stand out, and that is a sign of just how good he is.
Philippe Coutinho (Attacking Midfielder)
If you believe the hype, Coutinho is the player that will potentially break the transfer market record with a well-publicised move to Barcelona, and the Liverpool man is definitely worth whatever the La Liga leaders want to fork out for him. Boasting incredible technical ability and intelligent movement as well as a tendency to find the back of the net from anywhere, especially set pieces, Coutinho is a fantastic player and a huge bonus for the Brazilian team.
Gabriel Jesus (Striker)
Jesus has been outstanding for Manchester City this season and one of the big reasons why the blue half of Manchester will be celebrating the title in 2018. Impeccable positioning and awareness combined with lethal finishing is what Jesus is all about, and when you’re starting ahead of one of the best strikers the Premier League has ever seen in Sergio Aguero, you know you’re doing a decent job.
One of the first names on Zinedine Zidane’s team sheet at Real Madrid, Casemiro is crucial to the Brazilian’s defensive efforts in a role that has become so much more crucial in the modern game. His distribution is excellent and he is rarely beaten in a one on one duel, and will play a big role in Russia.
The Coach – Tite
Tite took on the role of Brazil head coach in 2016 following the nation’s poor showing at the Copa America Centenario and has restored order to a side that could be forgiven for being a little stunned after what happened in the 2014 World Cup. Tite has started with a 76% winning percentage, losing just one match in his first seventeen in charge.
The Brazilian has a long managerial career that dates back to 1990, almost exclusively with South American club teams. It will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure at the helm at his first international tournament, although there is no doubt that his experience will prove vital in the latter stages of the World Cup.
Brazil World Cup 2018 Lineup
Brazil’s latest international was a friendly against England on November 14th, 2017. The full lineup was as follows.
Starting Lineup (4-1-2-3)
Alisson (Roma) – Marcelo (Real Madrid), Miranda (Inter Milan), Marquinhos (PSG), Dani Alves (PSG) – Casemiro (Real Madrid) – Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Paulinho (Barcelona) – Neymar (PSG), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).
Reserves: Roberto Firmino, Cassio, Willian, Danilo, Ederson, Jemerson, Thiago Silva, Diego Souza, Giulano, Taison, Douglas Costa, Alex Sandro, Diego, Fernandinho
Brazil’s FIFA World Cup History
Brazil are the most successful nation in the history of the World Cup and the only country to have appeared in each of the twenty tournaments held to date. They have etched their name onto the famous trophy five times since the inaugural event in 1930, winning in Sweden, Chile, Mexico and the USA before tasting victory most recently in the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
After coming so close in the 1950 event in which they were hosts, Brazil’s breakthrough tournament was in 1958, and they actually defeated the hosts in the final to win their first World Cup. The 5-2 win over Sweden featured a double by Pele, who also scored a hat trick in the semi-final over France which Brazil won by the same scoreline. Only England managed to keep Brazil scoreless in a tournament that they dominated from start to finish.
Four years later it was much the same story for the South Americans, although the results were somewhat less emphatic. Pele scored just once in the tournament that was dominated instead by Garrincha and Vava, who both scored doubles in the 4-2 semi-final win over hosts Chile. The pair had also scored in the 3-1 quarter-final win over England, and it was another 3-1 win – this time against Czechoslovakia – that saw the Brazilians collect their second trophy in as many attempts.
1966 belonged to the English at home, and was the least impressive display ever seen by Brazil at the World Cup, yet they bounced back impressively in 1970, scoring nineteen goals on the way to their third title in four events. Their 3-1 victory over Uruguay was emphatic, and the 4-1 win in the final over Italy was equally so. Pele was again scoring goals; this time Jairzinho was the talisman.
The 1970 win was followed by two consecutive semi-final losses, then three unsuccessful campaigns, before they broke through to make three straight finals between 1994 and 2002. They defeated Italy in a penalty shootout in the USA, before falling to France in 1998 and recovering to defeat Germany in 2002. Another two titles in quick time, and this time it was Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho making the headlines.
Brazil rarely fail at the World Cup. They have only been eliminated in the first round twice in twenty starts, and have topped their group for the last nine consecutive tournaments. The South Americans have made eleven semi-final appearances, converting seven into finals and of course five of those into championships. It is a major shock to see Brazil exit the tournament any earlier than the quarter-final stage, which they last did in 1990.
There is no secret to the Brazilian’s success – they simply continue to produce exceptionally talented players year on year. From the legendary Pele, to Ronaldinho and now Neymar, some of the world’s best players have been born in the largest South American country, and their World Cup squad in 2018 will once again be full of players who represent the biggest clubs in Europe.
They will travel to Russia with plenty of confidence after a dominant display during qualifying, and are expected to top a group that should pose few problems. Anything less than a semi-final appearance will be seen as a failure for one of the best teams in the world, and they would love to gain revenge on Germany after their humiliating 7-1 defeat at home in 2014. This could be their year.