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Whilst Spain have been installed as favourites to win the 2010 World Cup with most bookmakers its hard to look past the ‘Samba Stars’ wining their sixth tournament.
Don’t laugh but this is probably the first World Cup that Brazil have not been considered the favourites in at least a couple of decades because they are usually favourites for a World Cup bet. Spain are heavily fancied by most and the weight of expectation may well take its toll on Vicente del Bosque’s side whilst Dunga happily breezes, in theory, to the semi final where they may well then meet the Spanish in what would be an awesome fixture.
Because they are Brazil
Do not underestimate the effect that Brazil have on other teams simply by lining up against them. History is something that is earned and the extraordinary success of the Brazilian team in World Cup football will always be an added bonus before a ball is even kicked.
Not your run of mill Brazilian forward. The cumbersome Sevilla man, about as predictable as a bingo game, is one of the toughest front men to control. On his day he can be unplayable. His record for his country is mind blowing, 25 goals in 38 matches. The 29 year old will be looking to prove that he is worthy of his spot in the team and is enjoying his first World Cup Finals tournament. Worth a punt for Golden Boot!
The former midfield battler has made his incarnation of the Brazilian team one that has a tough centre. The one time World Cup winner knows what it takes to win the big prize and instills the need for his stylish team to also exude steel and determination. The likes of Gilberto Silva and Felipe Melo will do the donkey work in the midfield whilst solid defenders Lucio and Juan will keep it tight at the back. This Brazilian side knows how to keep the opposition at bay keeping 12 clean sheets in their last 21 games which included fixtures against England, Italy and the morale boosting 3-1 win in Argentina.
For some reason Brazil like to travel. If a World Cup is not in Europe then the odds are Brazil will win it. Not since 1986 has another nation won a World Cup not played in Europe and for some reason the samba stars take it up a notch when the finals are outside footballs main playground. Four of their five successes have come from outside the European continent. I realise this is only really a superstitious and not too logical reason, but nonetheless one that may well work in their favour.