Much like the Harlem Globetrotters of years gone by, when the Brazilian national football team step onto the pitch they bring with them an air of expectancy. And for those betting on football – especially in tournaments - that air of expectancy means backing the Brazilians at whatever odds.

Yet the Copa America holders stumbled to a sorry goalless draw with Venezuela in their opening game and will need to make amends against Paraguay when they clash on Saturday night.

The Samba boys are favourites to win in Roldan but are not as short as one may expect from the team who have won the last two Copa America tournaments as well as five World Cups.

Their Paraguayan opponents are also coming off the back of a goalless draw, meaning all four Group B sides are tied on one point with Brazil top of the table on alphabetical order. And unsurprisingly, bookies are expecting under 2.5 goals in the match.

Those who bet on football goals should be weary of assuming the goal drought will be smashed open in the game. Last summer’s World Cup refused to give way to a goal glut and only Chile scored 2 goals in their opening Copa America match.


Even Argentina could only follow up their 1-1 draw with Bolivia with a 0-0 against Colombia; a result which has brought down Brazil’s outright price through no skill of their own. The bookies will have no doubt been laughing all the way to the bank and back again with the tournament results so far.

But a big win for Brazil on Saturday could soon have the punters back in pole position. And with the boys from Brazil sure to fulfil that air of expectancy before long, this could be the game when backing Brazil is the only smart football tip going.

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