World Cup 2018: Why Brazil won’t win the World Cup
WITH 188BET offering a fabulous cash back offer if World Cup favourites Brazil win the competition, Ben Levine outlines the reasons why we’re happy to take on the Samba Boys this summer.
Why Brazil won’t win the World Cup…
With the 2018 World Cup fast-approaching, the ante-post bets continue to pile in. Brazil are 9/2 favourites, but perhaps that’s not as attractive as it first seems.
Selecao outside their comfort zone
Of the 10 World Cups previously held in Europe, only one has been won by a non-European nation. With that in mind, the Brazilians could well prove a swerve.
The likes of Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, Portugal, and dare I say, England, are available at bigger prices.
Key injuries and a lack of tournament experience
Moreover, Tite’s side were dealt a big blow in early May when the now most decorated footballer of all-time, Dani Alves, was ruled out with a knee injury.
Add in question marks over the fitness of star-man Neymar, who has not been seen since March, and a once serial-winning Brazilian squad is suddenly void of experience and know-how.
Just four of Brazil’s 23-man squad have previously experienced a World Cup. To put that into context, for Germany that figure stands at eight, while the Spanish squad offers 11 players with previous World Cup experience.
We also must consider Brazil’s weak record outside of home turf. They won eight of nine (91%) qualification games at home, compared to just four of nine (44%) outside of Brazil.
Included in that were dropped points away at the likes of Chile, Paraguay and Bolivia, whom failed to qualify for Russia. They beat those three-sides a combined 11-0 back in Brazil, which signifies the difference in their home and away performance.
Brazil also failed to progress from a group of Peru, Ecuador and Haiti at the 2016 Copa America in the U.S.
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