All about the Brazil Team at Football World Cup 2018
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is nearing, and naturally, the question arises as to who will be the favourite to win it. For that, it’s important to look at all the teams closer to check their group draws, line-up, team breakdown, and formation. This article provides all the information you need about the most popular team in the sport – the National Football Team of Brazil! It offers a detailed insight into the best betting strategies for Brazil. It also describes the style and functioning of the most high-profile players in the team. With Brazil’s astounding capabilities and amazing world cup history, it certainly is no surprise that it is one of the most watched teams in the game.
Tips for Betting on Brazil in the World Cup 2018
Brazil has been the most successful national team in the World Cups featuring in all of them and winning 5. It had last won the World Cup in 2002. It reached the finals in three straight tournaments from 1994 through 2002. After that Brazil has not made it to the finals of the last three World Cup tournaments. They now seem to have finally regained their lost magic touch.
Brazil had an impressive run in its qualifying matches and has been extremely professional under boss Tite. The Selecao have lost only one game since coach Tite took over from Carlos Dunga after the 2016 Copa America games. He was the mastermind behind the remarkable transformation of Brazil from flop to favourites. Brazil has now upped its organizational skills and regained its past flair. The current betting odds favour Brazil to reach the finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Betting in favour of Brazil in the Group E matches is one of the safest things to do at it is the favourite to top the group at the best odds in the game at 13.
The main worry if at all for Brazil is the lack of depth in their line-up. Coach Tite does not seem to have faith in many other players apart from the currently selected squad. Gabriel Jesus has been the top scorer in the qualifiers with 7 goals and 5 assists. Brazil has a good strategy, and the newly invigorated team is expected to stick to the plan, supporting each other. The team is not expected to receive many yellow cards. An exception is Neymar who continues to struggle with discipline issues. He collected six yellow cards during the 14 qualification matches.
Since World Cup 2018 is the biggest betting event for all the bookies, there is no shortage of World Cup bets on any well-known sports booking sites. Betting statistics will be updated constantly in the run-up to the tournament. Look out for the best bets on outright odds, top goal scorers, number of corners, yellow cards, injuries in a match, etc. One can also expect some enhanced odds on free bets towards the end of the tournament.
Betting Odds on Brazil to Win the World Cup 2018
Brazil was co-favourite along with defending champions Germany to win the cup outright while going into the group stage draw. This has changed after Germany moved through its World Cup qualifying matches with a perfect 10-0-0 record, outscoring its opponents 43-4 goals along the way. Brazil is currently trailing the odds at 6.00 (5/1) against the defending champions Germany at 5.50 (9/2), and France comes in third at odds of 7.00 (6/1). Both Germany and Brazil are easily expected to win in their respective groups. Brazil has a favourable draw in the group stage as it competes with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E. It is expected to win Group E with the best odds of -500 as compared to any other group.
Expected Brazil Lineup at the World Cup
Brazil once again looks like a team capable of winning the World Cup, and they were the first team to qualify for a spot in Russia. The Brazilian team has a solid line-up for the upcoming world cup, and it will be very exciting to see which player shines the most. The outcome of the games does not solely depend on Neymar’s performance anymore. He is undoubtedly the top player at the moment, but Brazil now has a decent and strong supporting cast poised to peak at the right time for this tournament.
As of now, Casemiro, the Real Madrid anchorman, is the best outright holding midfielder in the game. He combines strength and determination with an acute sense of position and perfect timing. These characteristics make Casemiro a consistent performer. Brazil will depend on the 25-year-old UEFA Champions League winner to provide security in front of the defence and also give Coutinho and Co. the freedom to reveal their full potential. If Coutinho is able to find gaps between the lines regularly, while Casemiro keeps the opponents back, a sixth World Cup trophy will be firmly within reach.
While experienced players like Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Marcelo and David Luiz provide full support at the back, head coach Tite has the calm and focused outlook to see things through. The consistency in selecting the team has reaped rich dividends for Brazil in the qualifying rounds. The best performing players in the qualifiers are expected to make up the majority of the final 23-man squad.
The final line-up of players include Alisson, Cassio, Ederson, Danilo, Miranda, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Daniel Alves, Jemerson, Filipe Luis, Marcelo, Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Arthur, Diego Alves, Fred, Diego Tardelli, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar Jr. and Roberto Firmino.
Neymar leads a versatile and dynamic forward team which includes Gabriel Jesus who has regularly been Neymar’s attacking partner. Brazil always had good individual players. They are a fierce attacking team with a solid defence line for backup. Tite made the team work as a collective and implemented a 4-1-4-1 formation system. This is their preferred system for the World Cup. He has placed Neymar on the left, Casemiro in front of the backline, Gabriel Jesus in the centre of attack, and has got the best from the full-backs Dani Alves, and Marcelo. Renato Augusto is another midfielder performing at his peak, and Paulinho, one of Tite’s favourite players, has managed the transformation from the Chinese league to Barcelona remarkably well. This process has risks associated with it. Apart from the regular players in the top XI, there is not much depth in the team.
Here’s the full breakdown of the Brazilian World Cup squad who played the final qualifying rounds. Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Cassio (Corinthians), Ederson (Manchester City)
Defenders: Danilo (Manchester City), Miranda (Inter Milan), Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Daniel Alves (Paris Saint-Germain), Jemerson (Monaco), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Willian (Chelsea), Arthur (Gremio), Diego (Flamengo), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Forwards: Diego Tardelli (Shandong Luneng), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Neymar (PSG), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
In the entire Brazil line-up, the most dynamic player to look out for is obviously Neymar. This does not mean that the other players play an insignificant role. This Brazilian side possesses many other attacking players like Gabriel Jesus, Willian, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho.
Brazil’s drubbing of 7-1 at the hands of Germany in their last outing in 2014 was painful, to say the least. An injury to Neymar played a major role in that disaster. Neymar, Brazil’s poster boy, has since matured into a global superstar. His move from Barcelona to PSG will surely help him gain more experience of leading a team in major matches. He is expected to be at the peak of his game aged 26 in Russia. The forward will have his best chance to overthrow Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in best player awards if Brazil wins. He has the knack of scoring big on the international arena. The dynamic Paris Saint-Germain forward has been in prolific form and has scored in all the competitions since moving to the French capital in the summer last year.
One of the other key players to watch out for is 20-year-old Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus. He is very talented and has successfully partnered with Neymar on various occasions. Alongside the other established stars, Gabriel has already shown he can rise to the challenge in crucial games and is set to get more formidable in the build-up to Russia 2018. This versatile forward is capable of playing in several attacking positions. In the past, he has been successfully deployed as a centre-forward, an out-and-out striker, a false 9, an inside forward, a winger, and an attacking midfielder. He is acclaimed for his astonishing pace, technical skills, dribbling ability, creativity, finishing, movement, and work ethics.
Midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who is in his mid-20s is also expected to shine big time. Neymar and his fellow forward strikers, who are super talented with the ball, will count on Philippe Coutinho to get the ball coming in this June. The gifted No. 10 has a special knack for playing a defence-splitting pass or scoring spectacular goals from a distance. Brazil may just win this World Cup thanks to the influence of one of the most intelligent and skilled attacking midfielders in the competition.