Saudi Arabia vs Brazil
Date: Friday, 12th October 2018
Kick-off at 18:45 UK/ 19:45 CET
Venue: King Saud University Stadium (Riyadh).
After a short stint at the World Cup in Russia, Saudi will be looking ahead to the upcoming Asia cup.
They will be facing North Korea in their opening match at U.A.E. Having played in the WC they have a point to prove to their Asian neighbors.
In their 3 games, the Green Falcons lost to hosts Russia and Uruguay in their first two games. They managed to bow out with some positives with a massive 2-1 win against Mo Salah’s Egypt.
Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi took charge from 2017 and has made positive changes in the teams’ performance. He helped Chile win the Copa America 2016, and his experience will help Saudi to be one of the best teams in Asia.
Brazil had an underwhelming run at Russia with Neymar’s theatrics overshadowing the team’s performance infield. Quarter final clash against Belgium was a real shocker for fans as Tite’s men lost 2-1.
But Coutinho and Neymar are in good form for their respective clubs at the moment. Tite would rotate the squad by bringing in players like Renato Augusto and Gabriel Jesus.
Brazil always had a deep squad who played world class football. Even in absence of the top guns in the team they have young players who will perform well and use the opportunity to shine.
The Canaries will be getting ready for the Copa America 2019 in their home soil.
Saudi Arabia vs Brazil Head to head
The last time these two sides met was back in 1999, where Brazil won 8-2.
In between 1997-99, 2 matches were played between them both won by the South Americans.
Saudi Arabia vs Brazil Prediction
Brazil has scored at least two goals in 4 of their last 5 games and they are poised for a big win if Tite opt to stick with the strong eleven.
Saudi not only failed to keep a clean-sheet in their 5 previous games, but also their recent record against strong oppositions is extremely poor. The 5-0 defeat to Russia this summer preceded by 3-0 thrashing from the hands of Peru and 4-0 loss to Belgium consolidate this fact.
As things stand, we may focus on first half markets for small stakes; unless there is little value for our investment.
Saudi Arabia vs Brazil Betting tips
Over 1.5 first half goals @ 6/5 (2.20)
First Half – Brazil -1.5 Asian Handicap @ 2/1 (3.00).