South Africa-Brazil Betting Preview: Why the visitors can score three

Phil Kitromilides believes that a free-scoring Selecao side should have little problems in finding the back of the net in Johannesburg
Hosts Brazil continue their preparations for this summer's World Cup with a game against the last nation to stage the tournament, South Africa.

As you would imagine, Felipe Scolari's men are short-priced favourites to record their seventh successive win, with bet365 offering them at 11/50 (1.22).

Meanwhile, South Africa, who will not be featuring in this year's summer festival of football, are offered at 10/1 (11.00), with the draw available at 11/2 (6.50). Those odds certainly suggest the bookmakers expect little in the way of a significant challenge from Gordon Igesund's side.

Brazil, though, have thus far been extremely solid in the friendly matches that have served as preparation for a sixth World Cup title and there is little to suggest that they will not record another victory in Johannesburg.

While the price for an outright win in not of interest, backing Brazil to bag a few goals looks like a decent option and the price of 5/6 (1.83) for them to score over 2.5 goals should be an excellent selection.

In recent months, this bet has paid out in matches against Australia, Portugal and Honduras - all of whom are competing in this summer's World Cup and all sides arguably stronger than South Africa. Given that the tournament is now only a matter of a few months away, Scolari will want his side to maintain their intensity in the run up to the showpiece event, meaning the usual criticism of international friendlies becoming boring and routine may not apply here.

The hosts conceded three goals in their last game against Nigeria and in a pretty one-sided market, this bet looks like offering some tempting value to punters.

Brazil to score over 2.5 goals at 5/6 (1.83) for 2.0pts with bet365

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