Through two games of competition in the 2010 World Cup betting action there have been several teams to distinguish themselves as the teams to beat in this year’s tournament. And make no mistake Brazil is the front runner right now in the World Cup betting odds to win the whole ball of wax. This team has already mowed down North Korea and the Ivory Coast and next on its hit list is Portugal.
With 6 points after two World Cup betting matches Brazil is already through to the knockout stage of the soccer betting competition. Portugal, with a 7-0 thrashing of North Korea and 0-0 draw with Ivory Coast has four points and is all but through as well. Ivory Coast with 1 point could still get through if beats North Korea by double-digits but this World Cup betting impossibility.
So while a World Cup odds matchup between the #1 team in the world and the #3 team in the world would normally be an extraordinary soccer betting event when Brazil and Portugal meet up on Friday it will be lacking some of the substance that sports betting fans might be expecting.
Brazil is likely to rest some of its first team players and captain and key cog on offense, Kaka, will not be playing thanks to red card he earned in the teams World Cup betting matchup with Ivory Coast. And without Kaka this team’s offense is severally limited as he’s depended upon to win balls and provide service to an average set of strikers.
On the other hand Portugal will be coming out of the gate with barrels blazing looking for 3 points in this soccer betting match in order to guarantee a place in the knockout stage of the World Cup betting action. It also, appears as if former FIFA World Player of the Year Christiano Ronaldo is finally getting comfortable with his teammates after scoring his first goal of the tournament and handing out a couple assists in the North Korea blowout.
Obviously Brazil is the favorite in this match (12/10) but the smartest soccer bet on this match might be taking Portugal in the upset (14/5). Granted, Portugal hasn’t looked all that impressive for months but without Kaka it’s hard to imagine this Brazilian offense catching fire.