The Selecao are favourites to claim a sixth title in Russia and there will be no shortage of punters willing to snap up the Brazil World Cup 2018 odds.
Brazil reached the semi-finals on home turf four years ago after scrambling past Chile and Colombia, but then suffered an embarrassing 7-1 loss to eventual winners Germany in Belo Horizonte.
There appeared to be a hangover from that humbling experience as they won just two of their first six qualifiers for this summer’s tournament.
However, the appointment of Tite as head coach helped to turn things around, with the former defensive midfielder starting out with a run of nine straight victories.
Last October’s 3-0 demolition of Chile eventually left the Samba Stars 10 points clear of Uruguay and 13 ahead of Argentina in the final South American standings.
There was some revenge over Germany in March’s 1-0 friendly triumph in Berlin, four days after beating Russia 3-0 in Moscow.
All the pieces of the jigsaw appear to be in place and there won’t be too many negative views when it comes to Brazil World Cup 2018 betting tips.
Odds correct on date of publication: 21/05/2018
Neymar missed the rout by Germany four years ago after suffering a broken bone in his back during the quarter-final defeat of Colombia and his preparations have been hampered by a foot problem this time.
Even so, the 26-year-old will be expected to make a big impression in Russia after showing glimpses of his incredible talent for PSG in the first half of the season.
Those making upbeat Brazil World Cup 2018 predictions will also point to a supporting cast which has matured mentally and physically since the last tournament.
Philippe Coutinho’s progress at Liverpool was recognised via a big-money switch to Barcelona, where he helped to fill the void left by Neymar’s departure.
Roberto Firmino has continued to flourish on Merseyside with the Reds, while Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus looks a hot prospect.
In midfield, Real Madrid ace Casemiro provides a touch of class alongside the hard-working Willian, Paulinho and Fernandinho.
At the back, flying full-back Marcelo shows no signs of ageing, while Thiago Silva remains a rock down the middle.
Rank (world): 2
WC appearances: 20
Best effort: Won in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002
Road to Russia
BRA 3-0 Chile
Bolivia 0-0 BRA
Colombia 1-1 BRA
BRA 2-0 Ecuador
BRA 3-0 Paraguay
Uruguay 1-4 BRA
Peru 0-2 BRA
BRA 3-0 Argentina
Thiago Silva (D)
Philippe Coutinho (M)
Roberto Firmino (F)
Gabriel Jesus (F)
Tite – BRA