5 times world champions, Brazil, face the most unknown teams of the tournament in the second match of group G, the group of death. North Korea is a surprise inclusion in the world cup and their match up against one of the favorite to win the cup could prove to be interesting. It will be the 14th game of the tournament, taking place at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg on June 15th at 20:30 local time.
Brazil vs North Korea Betting Odds:
North Korea (+3042)
Over 3 (+105)
Under 3 (-120)
Brazil don’t play beautiful football under Dunga. They are more of a counter attacking team and they proved it last year in the confederations cup. Brazil has arguably one of the best defensive lines in South Africa. Julio Cesar is among the top 3 keepers in the world, Lucio has been rock solid all season and Maicon is arguably the best right back in the world. There are however, some questionable selections in the Brazilian squad. The likes of Ronaldinho, Pato, Maxwell, Diego and Alex have been ignored while out of form players like Melo and Kleberson are on the plane. Dunga will have a lot of questions to answer if his team doesn’t deliver. Kaka is the main man for them, and despite his bad season in Real Madrid, he usually turns up for the national team. Luis Fabiano will lead the line for Brazil and he’s proven to be a reliable player in striker position after shining in both CONMEBOL tournament and Confederations Cup. Brazil will go into this game, being the 2nd favorites of the tournament after Spain.
North Korea have done a wonderful job to be where they are today. They were drawn in a very hard group in the qualifying stage. North Korea, despite all their off the pitch problems, came on top of West-Asian powerhouses like Iran and Saudi Arabia and that’s a magnificent achievement. North Korea have been very strong defensively, and most of the times they have made the best of their chances in front of opposition’s net. North Korea have been quite impressive in their friendly matches, drawing Greece and losing to Paraguay only by a last minute penalty. Jong is the most important man of North Korea as he is responsible for taking the rare chances he gets to score. North Korea will defend very tightly and will be hard to break down. They have a never-die attitude and should not be underestimated.
Brazil vs North Korea Prediction: Brazil are better than North Korea in every single department, and by far. However, Brazil under Dunga tend to play better against team who don’t park the bus and defend with 11 players. That’s the likely scenario with North Korea. Brazil still have what it takes to start the tournament with a win. I believe they will overcome Korean’s tight defense, however the margin of their victory won’t be high.
I predict a 2-0 win for Brazil.
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