The thought of how far Brazil could go in this tournament is a truly mouth-watering prospect and it’s no surprise to see so many people backing them to be the eventual World Cup winners this time around. They’ve qualified in every single World Cup in the competition’s history and rank second in the most updated FIFA World Rankings. It’s not to say they had to take an easy path to qualification either, as they competed in the massively tense CONMEBOL qualifying group, alongside the likes of Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia and Chile. Not only did they surpass the equally as dangerous other South American side, but Brazil finished top of the group, resulting a hefty ten points ahead of second place Uruguay.
Conducting such a fantastic job of assuring their place in Russia had Brazil doing exactly what was expected of them, so it’s no shock to see them put down as one of the favourites to scoop the World Cup, given odds of 5/1, only beaten by Germany, who are clear favourites after winning the last World Cup with odds of 9/2. Brazil really need to compete at the highest level or will be brutally criticised by the press, especially after hosting the last World Cup but seeing their upbeat ethos come to an end by a devastating 7-1 defeat to eventual victors Germany, which goes down as their worst ever competitive loss.
It’s understandable for Brazil to be rated so highly, not just due to the immense level of players they produce, but also due to the fact that they’ve been able to show an end product to their game, reaching the semi-finals last time around, the quarter finals in the previous two attempts, and being champions in the 2002 edition of the tournament. Brazil have won it five times but they need to get off to a good start in this fresh campaign if they truly see themselves as eventual champions, and their first game is an unpredictable one, coming up against the massively regimented Switzerland. The firepower that Brazil possess should be enough to see out a perfect start and they’re best priced at 4/11 with most bookmakers.