Seeley’s Selections – Brazil v Peru

No nation will be looking forward to the start of the Copa America more than Brazil and the Samba Boys couldn’t have been handed an easier opener when they take on Peru in Group C on Sunday night.

The Brazilians will be very keen to impress and show that they are over their World Cup disaster and there is no doubt for me that they will cruise past Peru in this one, but again at just 3/10 to win BoyleSports aren’t giving anything away.

Since Dunga took over the reins of the national side for a second time they have won every game under his stewardship and, of all the teams arriving in Chile, they boast the best form with 10 straight wins. Eight of those recent victories have been to nil and at Evens with BoyleSports that, yet again, is the best way to get with the favourites as Peru aren’t scoring.

Dunga was criticised when in charge of the national team previously for his lack of flair and if you are expecting lots of goals in this one I think you will be left disappointed.

The last three wins for Brazil have been either by a 1-0 or 2-0 margin and this will be a much more professional and disciplined side than what we witnessed under Luiz Felipe Scolari, so Under 2.5 goals looks likely at the 6/5 with BoyleSports.

Instead of backing the Under 2.5 line, I think it’s better value to back Brazil to win by a 1-0 and 2-0 scoreline at 6/1 and 5/1 respectively with BoyleSports, which works out as a 9/4 chance and that looks very likely.

Peru are 10/1 outsiders to win and that isn’t big enough and I wouldn’t back them even at double that price.

La Blanquirroja have only won two of their last six matches against the mighty Guatemala and Paraguay and wins late last year against Panama, Iraq and Qatar show you the calibre of opponents they have been up against so a tournament opener against Brazil is a real step up in class.

Neymar missed the end of the World Cup though injury and he will be keen to impress after a fantastic season with Barcelona, so he just has to backed at 9/4 with BoyleSports to score the opening goal in this one – however short it might appear.

The whole Brazilian side is build around the 23 year-old and already in his international career he’s banged in an incredible 43 goals from just 63 international appearances.

I don’t think there is a more prolific striker in international football than the Barcelona ace and, even at a very short 1/2 with BoyleSports, a punt on him scoring anytime looks a certainty. I will continue my love-in for Neymar by also recommending a bet on him to be the top goalscorer in the whole tournament at what is a massive 11/2 with BoyleSports.

Seeley’s Selections:
Brazil To Win To Nil @ Evens
Under 2.5 Goals – Yes @ 6/5
Correct Score – Brazil 1-0 Peru @ 6/1
Neymar First Goalscorer @ 9/4
Neymar Anytime Goalscorer @ 1/2

*Prices correct at time of publication.