The Selecao have taken their time to find their feet under Luiz Felipe Scolari, but Al-Hain Cole expects the South Americans to fire against el Tri and build on their Japan winAfter opening the Confederations Cup with a suitably flamboyant 3-0 win over Japan, Brazil take on Mexico this evening in their second group game.
Selecao’s Olympic team lost last year’s gold medal match against this opposition in London, but they are clear 4/11 (1.36) favourites with Bet365 to exact revenge with victory in Fortaleza.
In fact, Jose Manuel de la Torre’s men also came out on top the last time the two first teams met in last year’s friendly, and are available at 8/1 (9.00) to spring another shock tonight.
El Tricolor have drawn eight of their last 10 fixtures, and you can get odds of 7/2 (4.50) on them grabbing a share of the spoils in this encounter.
A key reason for Mano Menezes’ replacement by Luiz Felipe Scolari in the Brazilian dugout was the previous coach’s supposedly conservative tactics, which failed to provide the requisite entertainment expected by the fans.
Nobody could accuse Scolari’s tenure of being dull so far, as 27 goals have been scored at either end in his eight games at the helm, through a combination of brilliant attacking and occasionally questionable defending.
With the home crowd sure to be demanding an attacking spectacle at the Castelao, it seems safe to back the 13/20 (1.65) odds on offer for over 2.5 goals going in, in a bet that would have paid out in 12 of the hosts’ last 14 games.
There is no doubting which man Mexico will be looking towards to provide their own attacking threat, as Javier Hernandez’s international record of 33 goals in 51 games demonstrates his talismanic importance to their cause.
The Manchester United striker’s penalty against Italy was his eighth goal in his last 11 last internationals, and odds of 11/4 (3.75) look very generous on him finding the back of the net in this match.
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