Brazil play their first World Cup warm-up match against Panama on Tuesday night which can be watched live at 8pm on BT Sport 1 and they are tipped to record a comfortable win in Goias.
At odds of 1/9 there is little value to be had in backing Brazil in the Match Odds market and punters are advised to play the Correct Score and Goalscorer markets instead. Brazil and in particular Neymar were in full flow when last seen trouncing South Africa 5-0 in an international friendly back in March, but Head Coach Luiz Filipe Scolari has hinted that he may field a weakened team in order to reduce the risk of injuries ahead of the World Cup.
The likes of Hulk and Jo may then get an opportunity to impress up-front and both players are nicely priced at 9/2 to score first with Bet365 where unlike at other firms, each-way First Goalscorer stakes have unlimited places. Another bookmaker to consider for any First/Last/Anytime Goalscorer bets is Betfair Sportsbook as their Cashback Extra promotion offers a level of insurance to your bet. Choose from Brazil to win 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-0 or 5-0 and should your bet lose, Betfair will refund your stake as a free bet up to £25 if you've predicted the correct outcome.
Panama may sound unglamorous, indeed they have never qualified for the World Cup, but they did push Brazil's Group A opponents Mexico close for a play-off spot in CONCACAF qualification for the tournament and can provide a little more resistance than South Africa three months ago. If utilising the Cashback Extra offer, then taking the option of 3-0 would seem sensible given that Brazil will not be at full strength, while a Correct Score bet on the same score-line pays best with Paddy Power at odds of 6/1.