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Brazil v Ecuador Betting: Neymar & Co. should put on another thrilling show
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With the hosts' home record over the last year extremely strong, we are backing them to record another high scoring win against an out of form Ecuador

With a place at next year's World Cup already secured, Brazil can use their final matches in qualifying to build confidence and momentum ahead of a tournament which their fans will be expecting them to win. The five-time world champions have enjoyed an exceptional 12 months, with coach Tite coming in and leading the side to eight successive qualifying wins.

This week's game against Ecuador takes place in the manager's home town of Porto Alegre in the south of the country and despite qualification already achieved, Brazil will be aiming to keep intact their proud record of never having lost a home World Cup qualifier.

If Brazil's fortunes have been on an upward trajectory over the last year, then those of their opponents have been in stark contrast with Ecuador's early promise in the campaign falling away alarmingly.

The early pace-setters after a wonderful start which included a victory in Argentina, the visitors have lost five of their last eight qualifiers slumping to sixth position and seeing their hopes of a place in Russia begin to fade.

It would be a huge surprise if they were able to record a win in the early hours of Friday morning and they are priced at 11/1 (12.00) with bet365 who are live streaming the game for UK-based customers.

Brazil, meanwhile, are offered at 1/4 (1.25) to claim their ninth successive qualifying win, while the draw can be backed at 9/2 (5.50)

Ecuador's away form has always been poor and the side relied upon the crushing altitude of Quito to give them an advantage on home soil. Brazil's 3-0 win in the Ecuadorean capital last year ended a run of seven years without a home defeat, and the Andean nation will view this trip with trepidation.

Ecuador have only won two of their last 18 away qualifiers and in each of their last five matches on the road they have conceded at least two goals.

The hosts are offered at just 2/5 (1.40) to score over 1.5 goals but a home win and over 2.5 goals in the game is priced at a more attractive 9/10 (1.90). All seven of Brazil's home qualifiers in the current campaign have seen three goals or more, with La Canarinha winning six of those matches, meaning this selection has proved a consistent winner and allowing punters to invest with plenty of confidence. 

Brazil to win and over 2.5 goals at 9/10 (1.90) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365