It is not often that Brazil go into a match as underdogs, although this is the situation they find themselves in ahead of their fixture against Germany tomorrow.
The Samba Boys are priced at 37/20 to beat Germany in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with the home side available at 13/10 and a draw at 47/20.
Second-favourites for the recent Copa America behind hosts Argentina, Brazil suffered a shock quarter-final exit at the hands of Paraguay.
Although they were undefeated in normal time – with their exit to Paraguay following a penalty shoot-out – it should also be noted that they only won one of their four matches.
Even so, coach Mano Menezes has stuck with largely the same squad which he took to Argentina, meaning the likes of Neymar, Robinho and Ganso are all set to feature in Stuttgart.
Given Brazil’s stuttering recent form and Menezes’ decision to stick rather than twist, Germany’s status as favourites look justified.
Indeed, with just a single defeat in their last 12 matches – which only came about when an under-strength team took on Australia – and a world ranking of three, Germany would be good bets to win in most circumstances.
However, even allowing for the talents at coach Joachim Low’s disposal – his squad features the likes of Mario Gotze, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller – Germany’s recent record against Brazil suggests the Samba Boys could yet escape with a draw.
In their 20 meetings so far, Germany have triumphed just three times, with Brazil coming out on top on 12 occasions and the remaining five matches ending in draws.
With this in mind, a successful £25 free bet on Germany to draw with Brazil, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £71.25.
In the regular time goal bet market, the best option could therefore be on a 0-0 stalemate, with three of Brazil’s last six matches ending this way.
One final possibility would be to bet on there being a missed penalty in the match at odds of 10/1.
Brazil missed all four of their penalties in their Copa America quarter-final shoot-out against Paraguay, while Germany keeper Manuel Neuer has a history of saving spot-kicks.
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