Brazil’s first match in Africa since their defeat to Holland in the 2010 World Cup quarter-final sees them take on Gabon tomorrow evening.
As the side ranked 68th in the world by Fifa, Gabon look set to mark the opening of their new stadium with a defeat.
The Stade d’Angondje is set to hold a number of matches in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and was specially built for the event.
As five-time World Cup winners, Brazil were chosen to provide the opposition in the inaugural match at the ground, which is located in a suburb of Libreville in Gabon.
In addition to being multiple World Cup champions, Brazil are also ranked fifth in the world and they therefore go into the game as 13/50 favourites to emerge as winners.
This leaves Gabon as 21/2 outsiders in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with a draw at 17/4.
However, Brazil’s recent form suggests that while they will have enough quality to win the game – even with a side made up entirely of overseas-based players – the margin of victory Is likely to be narrow.
Not since 7th October 2010 have Brazil scored three or more goals in a match, with this feat being achieved with a 3-0 success over Iran.
This points to a bet on there being fewer than 2.5 goals in the match at evens, with these odds allowing punters to double their money.
Added security for this bet is afforded by Brazil’s strong defensive record, which means that Gabon are unlikely to score.
Although the home team have scored in four of their five matches this year, the opposition provided by the likes of Equatorial Guinea and Niger is hardly comparable to the challenge of breaking down a defence which could feature the likes of Luisao, David Luiz, Adriano and Fabio.
In Brazil’s last five matches, two of which were played against Argentina, only Mexico have managed to score a goal, making the Selecao good bets to keep another clean sheet at 13/20.
And this makes a bet on Brazil to win a match with under 2.5 goals another one to consider, with this outcome priced at 21/10.
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