Brazilian fans could be forgiven for pining for Dunga as the Selecao trudged through their opening two games. It has been more turgido than joga bonito as only a last-minute equaliser could rescue a point against Paraguay, leaving Mauro Menezes sweating ahead of their encounter with Ecuador.
Normal service should be resumed against their South American opponents who have yet to trouble the net. Indeed, Ecuador are without a win in eight (D6 L2) and have a poor record against Brazil.
Argentina's 3-0 victory over Costa Rica has raised the stakes in the tournament. Avoiding defeat will guarantee progression to the next phase but a good performance and a comfortable victory is of more pivotal importance to the sceptical Brazilian faithful.
Brazil haven't convinced so far and a price of 1.25 isn't worth jumping on unless you are placing huge stakes and want a 25 per cent return.
On the goals front you can back Neymar to live up to his hype with a first Copa America strike @ 2.50 in 90 minutes with Paraguay hero Fred @ 2.60. For Ecuador there is a good price on Felipe Caicedo (7.0) to net against a Brazilian defence which has already conceded twice.
Backing the cards market was quite a profitable money spinner in Chile - Peru and is worth a punt again tonight. Brazil have a host of players carrying a booking (Thiago Silva, Dani Alves, Lucas Leiva, Jadson, Alexandre Pato) while Ecuador have yet to receive a single caution. When the teams last met in 2009 it finished 1-1 with Brazil racking up five cautions.
Best Bet: Brazil (-1.5, -2 handicap) @ 2.02
Value Bet: Thiago Silva to get booked @ 5.0
Match Odds: Brazil 1.25, Draw 5.0, Ecuador 12.0 (Unibet)
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