It may be hard to believe for those hardy souls in the away end at the Britannia Stadium on the final day of last season, but two thirds of Brazil’s front three now play for Liverpool.
Philippe Coutinho will likely line-up alongside new signing Roberto Firmino and Chelsea’s Willian when the Selecao take on Paraguay in the Copa America quarter finals.
The Selecao are 18/25 favourites to claim victory in normal time and with it revenge for being dumped out of the 2011 edition at the semi-final stage by their opposition.
Paraguay have been priced up at 9/2 to beat their opponents without recourse to extra time, while the draw that would make an additional half an hour necessary is 13/5.
Despite Brazil’s overwhelming favouritism there a hosts of reasons why a wager on bwin’s match to be decided by a single goal market is shrewder gambling.
At 27/20 and incorporating victory for either side it’s better value than a Canarinho success too, given they have been as underwhelming as the Paraguayans have performed beyond expectations.
All three of Brazil’s games at the Copa have been decided by the slenderest of margins, with 2-1 wins over Peru and Venezula sandwiching a 0-1 loss to Colombia.
In fact five of their last six outings in all competitions would have brought reward for investors in our suggested wager.
Without the suspended Neymar, the closest thing Dunga has to a get-out-of-jail-free-card, the result should go even closer to the wire.
Paraguay are unbeaten in the competition so far after coming through a tough group containing Argentina and now-deposed holders Uruguay.
They also found the net in all three of their outings in the section, coming from behind to gain points against both of the aforementioned big guns.
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