Brazil vs North Korea – betting tips and match preview

World Cup BettingThe all-time favorites from Brazil play North Korea tonight at 19:30 BST in their first World Cup game in group F in Johannesburg. Most people expect a goal show tonight between the highest and lowest ranking FIFA teams at the World Cup and probably only people from the regime back home honestly believe North Korea stand a chance against mighty Brazil.

Match Preview

It is quite difficult to measure the strength of North Korea from an outside perspective. Like their political regime at home, their football squad is somewhat a closed book and practice a high degree of secrecy and distrust of the media world. Overall their preparation for the 2010 World Cup has been disappointing though, and they have not managed to win one game since February. Being in the so-called “Group of Death” does not make it any easier and they will likely have to be satisfied with their participation. During qualification they showed great skills defending and played very cautious, which was enough to go through. But playing against Brazil, Ivory and Portugal is an enormous task compared to their qualification group and they can at best hope for point in one game.

As always Brazil is among the favorites to win the World Cup and this time is no different. The Brazilian squad might not have as many super star players as normally, but they still have world class players like Robinho and Kaka in the squad. The lack of super star players might even be an advantage for Dunga’s men as the squad looks more homogenous than former Brazilian teams. In their preparation they have showed great shape before the World Cup and despite being in the group of death they are overwhelming favorites to win the group.

Team Updates

As mentioned above the North Korean squad is surrounded with secrecy and the available squad is no exception. They are expected to use the players, who qualified for the World Cup and will likely play in a defensive formation.

Brazil can pick from a full squad to this match after Julio Cesar is expected to come back from his injury for the game tonight.

Brazil vs North Korea betting tip

We recommend betting on 2 or 3 goals in this match at odds 2.05 at 888 sports

The outright odds for Brazil to win is currently at 1.10 and 1.33 with handicap, which in our opinion is just around playable, but does not contain much bet value. Being the opening match for Brazil, they will likely not play at full strength today against a somewhat easy opponent. Therefore we find more value in 2 or 3 goals as Brazil will be satisfied with 2-0 or 3-0 win tonight.

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