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Brazil to put on a show against Panama ahead of the World Cup

| 03.06.2014

The World Cup is almost upon us but there is still plenty of time for the countries involved to signal their intent.

Hosts Brazil can be backed to do just that with another impressive display against Panama and while friendly games are notoriously difficult to predict we’ve put together four tempting options that, when backed as a four-fold, could return £430.36 from a £10 stake.

Brazil (-3) to beat Panama @ 33/20

The World Cup hosts haven’t played a great deal of competitive football of late but after racking up seven consecutive wins the Selecao will be confident of securing another victory before the tournament starts.

The 5-0 thumping of South Africa last time out showed what an attacking force the Samba Boys can be when at the top of their game and with Panama without a win in six another rout looks on the cards here.

Switzerland v Peru – HT/FT Draw/Switzerland @ 3/1

Switzerland will build their World Cup around a solid defence and after keeping seven clean sheets in 10 qualification matches look set to hold Peru – who are winless in eight –  to another blank here.

Over the course of Switzerland’s last 14 games, nine have been all square at half time, with the Swiss going on to claim victory in six of those ties – including last time out against Jamaica.

Greece v Nigeria – Under 2.5 goals @ 2/5

Goal-shy Greece have managed just one strike in their last three matches and despite some recent wins their fans have become accustomed to low-scoring, drab affairs.

Just one of Greece’s last 10 fixtures have yielded over 2.5 goals and with Nigeria scoring just once in the three games prior to their recent 2-2 draw with Scotland this one could be another game to frustrate.

Unlike the first two games on this list both sides will be involved in the summer’s tournament so don’t expect either team to be busting a gut to get the win.

Mexico and Bosnia to draw @ 19/10

With both sides keen to avoid injury ahead of the World Cup and sporting strong home and away records respectively Mexico and Bosnia could be content to play out a draw.

El Tri are unbeaten in seven homes games and Bosnia have avoided defeat in eight of their last nine away games, wining seven of those ties, but neither has faced what can be described as stiff competition during those runs.

Mexico are the short-priced favourites by virtue of their home billing but if Bosnia are to achieve anything in Brazil they’ll need appositive result here – so the advice is to back the draw.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.