Coach Oscar Tabarez will be hoping to upstage the hosts when his men tackle la Selecao in the semi final of the Confederations Cup on Wednesday
Estadio Mineirao will host Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi final clash between hosts Brazil and fellow South American lords Uruguay.
The Brazilians saw off threats from Mexico, Italy and Japan to top Group A, while Uruguay finished as runners-up in a group that paraded Spain, Nigeria and Tahiti.
Going into this encounter, Felipe Scolari's men remain unbeaten in their last nine games and are favourites to book a place in the Confederations Cup final. Ladbrokes is backing them at mouth watering odds of 4/11(1.36) to put their South American rivals to the sword not minding public unrest on the streets of Rio.
After losing their first match to Spain, Oscar Tarabez’s side have returned to winning ways with victory over Nigeria and minnows Tahiti.
Well, some might argue that those teams were weak when compared with world champions, Spain. Not minding this, they are a long 7/1 (8.00) to cause an upset and send the hosts out of the competition within 90 minutes. The same firm offers the draw at 4/1 (5.00).
Both teams have not been goal shy since the tournament began about a week ago with their strikers finding the back of the net in all the matches they have played. Putting this in mind, backing both countries to score at 17/20 (1.85) looks like a sure bet worth backing.
Neymar has been in fine form in the championship scoring three times in three appearances so far for the Selecao. He is a 4/1(5.00) play to get the curtain raiser while his teammate Fred is priced to score first in 90minutes at 5/1 (6.00).
For those looking for more value, back Brazil to qualify for the next round at 2/11(1.18) which looks very appealing.