The Brazilian Football Team is one of the most successful national teams of all time. They’ve won 5 World Cups, 8 Copa Americas, and 4 Confederations Cups – and all whilst constantly trying to entertain the world with an attacking style and flair.
Most bookies have installed them as joint-favourites or second favourites for the 2018 World Cup. However, after a humbling 7-1 semi-final defeat on home soil at the last World Cup, only time will tell us if they’ve got what it takes to win on the world’s biggest stage this time around.
Brazil Stage Of Elimination 2018 World Cup Betting
3/1 Last-16, 10/3 Quarter-Finals, 7/2 Semi-Finals, 9/2 Runners Up, 11/2 Winners, 8/1 Group Stages
The appointment of Adenor Bacchi as coach has seen Brazil rise from the ashes of Rio 2014 to once again become a force in world football, and the new look Brazilian team looks to have the necessary mix of flair and organisation to compete with anyone. Bacchi’s record of 13 wins from 16 games is certainly impressive, and the form of his only loss in a friendly against Argentina was put right when the two teams met again with Brazil winning 3-0. Brazil also stated their intentions by becoming the first team to qualify for Russia 2018, and FIFA’s Number-Two Ranked team have Neymar heading an impressive list of attacking options.
The bookies are dangling an 8/1 carrot if you think Brazil will exit at the group stage, but they should qualify from Group E, a group that comprises Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.
Switzerland probably have their best team for some time as their squad contains many of the players who made up the successful 2009 Swiss U-17 team, but they still shouldn’t trouble Brazil. Neither should Costa Rica who, whilst managing to make it to the quarter-finals in Rio four years ago, looked a bit toothless in recent friendly losses to Hungary (1-0) and Spain (5-0).
However, the presence of Serbia should mean Brazil don’t have it too easy, as the Serbs look capable of causing anyone problems after never looking in any danger in qualifying. Despite that, coach Slavolijub Muslin lost his job, and it remains to be seen as to whether Serbia take another step forward or a step backwards under their new coach.
As ever, the knockout stages are harder to predict, with the possibility of seeded teams ending up in the unexpected half of the draw if they fail to top their groups in the group stages. However, Brazil will be unlucky if they meet one of the bigger teams in the last-16 or even the quarter-finals. They could even go onto win it but, with 4 of their 5 previous World Cup successes coming in hotter climates such as Chile, Mexico, USA and Japan (the other was in Sweden), I think they may succumb to one of the European Teams at the semi-final stages.
Brazil To Be Eliminated at the Semi-Final Stages @ 7/2 (Betvictor)