Portugal vs Brazil – betting tips, match preview and prediction

World Cup BettingPortugal will play Brazil in the last group match today at 15:00 BST in Durban. The match will essentially decide the winner of group G after Portugal’s demolition of North Korea. A result that means Ivory Cost and North Korea are finished at the World Cup, although Ivory Coast could mathematically still qualify for the knockout stage.

Match Preview

We have reached the final day in the “Group of Death” and the match between Portugal and Brazil will decide who tops group G. Before the World Cup most experts expected top prize to be avoiding Spain, but after their shocking defeat by Switzerland, the tables have turned upside-down between the groups. Essentially they are now competing to play against Spain, which mean whoever wins today will face the worlds number two in a 1/8-final.

Brazil is already qualified for the knockout stage after two victories and is going to top group G, if they do not lose against Portugal. On the other hand Portugal will top group G by winning, but can still be reached by Ivory Coast should they lose big against Brazil. It would require a massive nine goal swing between the two teams, which honestly is an impossible scenario for the Ivory Coast.

The match today is between number one and three on the Fifa rankings, which normally would promise an exciting football match, but the controversial prize could play a role. This said we hope and expect both sides will play their normal football and let the ball decide their destiny.

Team Updates

Portugal will still be without Deco for the match today, who also missed the match against North Korea due to his hip injury. The Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz is expected to hold the team from the previous match, but we could see Liedson and Almeida up front.

The Brazilian side will make at least two changes with Kaka’s suspension and Elano’s injury. They could be replaced by Julio Baptista and Dani Alves. Others might be saved as well for the match today.

Portugal vs Brazil betting tip

Our betting pick will be more than 2.5 goal to odds 2.20 at 888 Sports.

It is difficult to predict a winner in the match because of the top prize. However we expect an open match with a lot of chances and two teams playing more or less freely. Their last encounter ended with 6-2 win for Brazil in 2008, which actually were Portugal’s last defeat. The result could be similar today, as the match can almost be considered a training match before the real tournament starts at the knockout stage.

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