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Mano Menezes' side are many people's tip for Olympic gold and Adam Bate cannot see Egypt, Belarus or New Zealand disrupting their march to the knockout stages

There’s a reason why Brazil are favourites to win Olympic gold in the men’s football tournament and it isn’t all down to their formidable line-up. The South Americans have an extremely favourable draw.

Group C includes Belarus, Egypt and New Zealand – and if Brazil can dodge Spain in the quarter-finals they will also be strong favourites to reach the final regardless of their semi-final opponents.

To avoid Spain, who will also expect to win Group D, Mano Menezes’ men must look to top this group and get off to a positive start against Egypt.

That could be their toughest game on paper but Egyptian football is at a low ebb.

The senior team were surprisingly dumped out of African Cup of Nations qualifying last month after a wretched two-legged defeat to the Central African Republic.

Egypt’s Olympic outfit are 10/1 (11.0) with Bet365 to restore footballing pride by topping Group C.

Next up are Belarus and there is little for the Brazilians to fear against this line-up.

The senior team could finish above only Albania and Luxembourg in their Euro 2012 qualifying group and their star over-age player is Sergei Kornilenko, who endured a disappointing spell at Blackpool.

It’s difficult to see how Belarus could derail Brazil’s route to the top but they are a 10/1 (11.0) pick with Bet365.

Finally, the five-time World Cup winners must overcome New Zealand.

If Brazil require a positive result in this one they can expect to get it – such is their desperation to finally get their hands on that Olympic gold.

New Zealand’s best hope is that Brazil are already through and the players are in a lackadaisical mood at St James’ Park.

New Zealand are 20/1 (21.0) outsiders with Bet365 to top the group and there is relative value in that given the presence of Chris Wood upfront and dependable Ryan Nelsen at the back.

Ultimately however, while the odds may ordinarily favour inclusion in an accumulator, the industry-best price of 1/6 (1.17) for Brazil to top Group C looks extremely tempting even as a stand-alone bet.


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BEST BET
VALUE BET
Brazil to win group at 1/6 (1.17) with Bet365
New Zealand to win group at 20/1 (21.0) with Bet365

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on

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