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Goal Australia's betting expert Paul Gough examines the high-profile clash between South American heavyweights Brazil and European powerhouse Portugal

With the memory of their devastating 6-0 mauling of the Socceroos still fresh, the bookies have made Brazil short-priced favourites to beat European big guns Portugal in an eagerly-anticipated friendly clash in the USA late Wednesday morning [AEST].

This clash pits two of the world's top ten teams against each other with Portugal - semi-finalists at Euro 2010 - ranked number seven by FIFA and Brazil returning from a record low of 22 to nine following their recent Confederations Cup victory.

The five-time World Cup champions made Australia look second-rate on Sunday morning as they matched their 6-0 rout of the Socceroos in the 1997 Confederations Cup final.

And with that performance in mind, Brazil have been installed as short-priced favourites at $1.50 at bet365 to beat Portugal, who are the $6.50 outsiders, with the draw paying $4.10.

It says everything about Brazil's recent form that Portugal are at that price considering they sit on top of their UEFA World Cup qualifying group and have some of the world's best players in their ranks - led by Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United's Nani.

And Portugal have also been in the goals this week - scoring four in a 4-2 win over Northern Ireland in a World Cup qualifier on Friday night.

With two such free-scoring teams in action, the best bet in Wednesday's friendly appears to be taking the $1.80 at bet365 that there will be more than 2.5 goals scored in the match.

While these two teams played out a 0-0 draw when they met in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the last time they met in a friendly Brazil won 6-2 in November 2008, so with the stakes not high on Wednesday expect plenty of goals.

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Take the $1.80 on offer at bet365 that there will be more than 2.5 goals scored in the Brazil-Portugal friendly on Wednesday.

Go for Brazil to win 3-1 in correct score betting at odds of $12 at bet365.

 

In correct score betting Brazil to win 1-0 or 2-0 is the favoured option at bet365 at $7.

However, there is money to be made for those willing to bet on both teams scoring.

Brazil to win 3-1 looks tempting at odds of $12 while a 4-2 win for the South American superstars is also worth a small investment at odds of $41.

With so much attacking talent on display, the first goalscorer's market looks a tough one to predict.

Brazil's Barcelona superstar Neymar is the $4.33 favourite, ahead of Alexandre Pato at $5.50 and Jo at $6.50 - with all three scoring against Australia on Sunday - while Ronaldo is on the fourth line of betting at $7.

*Note prices subject to change

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