Despite dominating for large periods of the match, last weekend’s draw against England means that Luiz Felipe Scolari has only won one of his six games since taking charge of the national team for the second time.
The former world champions will therefore be desperate for a victory on Sunday to reassure any early doubters. His side are 8/13 (1.62) favourites with bet365 to record their first win over this opposition in over 20 years.
Didier Deschamps is overseeing a rebuilding job of his own, and his young team are outsiders at 9/2 (5.50) to record their country’s fifth win in six encounters against their illustrious opponents.
Having drawn four of their last five games, odds of 14/5 (3.80) look tempting on the hosts being held to another frustrating stalemate this game.
Scolari was brought back by popular demand largely due to predecessor Mano Menezes’ supposedly defensive tactics, despite the fact that the team has scored 38 goals in 13 games in 2012.
While the Selecao have scored two goals a game under their new boss, a lack of defensive rigour has seen them keep just one clean sheet in those six games, shipping nine goals in that period.
Having missed Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat against Uruguay through injury, Karim Benzema is expected to return to the French attack for this game and, having scored the winner against this opposition two years ago, his presence should cause problems for a shaky backline.
A bet on both teams to score would have paid out in five of the six games under the Scolari regime and looks to offer great value at 5/6 (1.83) in this match.
Having led the Bleus to a draw against Spain and a win over Italy in big matches, Deschamps is bound to ensure his side provide a competitive game at the Arena de Gremio and those 14/5 (3.80) odds are well worth a bite on Brazil suffering a fifth draw in six.
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