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Brazil Paraguay Betting – Brazilians Hold Off Pesky Paraguayans

Posted by Todd Shale on 6/29/2011 3:33:19 PM
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Sports betting players should figure that Brazil will be the favorites in the second game of the Copa America group phase against Paraguay, but their opponents aren’t going to hold back and will give the holders a game, which is exactly what A Selecao needs, especially early in the tournament.

What: Soccer Betting
When: Thursday, July 9th, 4:00 PM ET
Where: Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Cordoba, Argentina
Pick: Brazil

Why Bet On Brazil

The defending champions have won four of the last five editions of the Copa America, and they have been generally pretty strong under new manager Mano Menezes, winning six and drawing one of their nine games. A Selecao was dumped in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, which spelled the end of Dunga’s reign, and many criticized the former captain for being too defensive and straying from the principles of Brazilian soccer. Menezes looks to reclaim that swagger with players like Robinho, who even captained the side for six games under Menezes, and Alex Pato, even though he is slightly hurt. Many are expecting this to be the breakout tournament for 19-year-old Neymar, who is being chased by the biggest clubs in Europe, and a good Copa America will send his stock through the roof. The Brazilian midfield is young, but talented with Ramires, Elano and Lucas, who will shield a back four led by captain Lucio and possibly David Luiz, but there are a number of good defenders for a team that is known for offense. Goalkeeper Julio Cesar continues to shine for both club Inter Milan and his country.

If there are knocks on Brazil, who trails only Argentina when it comes to soccer betting odds for this tournament, it is that the midfield is a bit young. Lucas and Ramires did get some quality experience in the Premier League in England, but playing for Brazil is a different story. The onus will be on veterans like Lucio, Robinho and Elano, as well as Menezes, to get the kids ready.

Why Bet On Paraguay

Paraguay won’t be a pushover for Brazil as they look to add to their victories in 1953 and 1979, and they’re a team that can score in a number of ways, through a number of different players. Roque Santa Cruz is probably the biggest name on the roster, but he’ll have help up front from Nelson Valdez, and then there is the always-dangerous Cristian Riveros lurking in midfield. La Albirroja also has a very good defense that has been very solid lately, posting four straight clean sheets, and keeper Justo Villar rules his defense with an iron fist. It also helps that Villar has a player like Paulo da Silva, who has the same number of caps as his captain as they both have 89 appearances with the national team.

The attack can be inconsistent for the Paraguayans as they’ve been blanked in two of their last three matches, and even though they’ve been toying with different lineups in preparation for the Copa America, they should hope to have everything sorted out before this match. Also, Santa Cruz has struggled this year for both club and country, and Paraguay need him to get going if they’re going to have a chance to steal this group from the Brazilians.

How It Will Play Out

It’ll be the second match of the tournament for both teams as Brazil start off with Venezuela, while Paraguay will take on Ecuador, and that plays into Brazil’s favor as they’ll likely be the soccer betting favorites in this contest. As we said before, Paraguay isn’t going to back down as they beat Brazil at home by a score of 2-0 in 2008, and then they lost 2-1 in Brazil a year later, so they’re going to bring the fight to the favorites.

A draw is feasible for this match, but Paraguay can’t afford to sit back and try and hit on the counterattack because Brazil will eventually break them down. The Paraguayan midfield has to harass their Brazilian counterparts to try and force turnovers, but Brazil has the talent to perform that one piece of magic that has won them five World Cups and has made them a religion in the world of football. It’ll be a tight game, but take Brazil in your online betting picks.

Brazil Paraguay Betting Pick: Brazil

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