Brazil are entering this tournament as favorites, with +320 odds according to Fanduel Sportsbook. They are coming off two disappointing eliminations in 2014 and 2018, including a shocking 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 semifinal. Yet, this team seems to have improved and is expected to dominate in Qatar.
Strengths: On paper, it’s safe to say that this is the most well-rounded and talented squad in the World Cup. From top to bottom, Brazil is stacked not just with talent, but experience. Following a loss to Belgium in the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup, Brazil has added up-and-coming talent to the team that will no doubt boost their chances this time around. With the likes of new talent such as Vinicius Jr, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, Antony and Raphina, paired with more accomplished players such as Dani Alves, Neymar and Marquinos, there is no shortage of flair and style.
Weaknesses: One main concern will be Brazil’s lack of experience playing against top European teams, who they have a losing record against. A European squad knocked Brazil out in the last three World Cups.Their talent should allow them to overcome this concern, but we’ll have to wait until the knockout stages to see what these Brazilians are really made of.
Regardless, at their best, the Seleção are the No. 1 team in the tournament.