After back-to-back winners for our props column, Paul Higham heads to South America with Leeds’ Raphinha the subject of the hat-trick bid…
Colombia v Brazil
Sunday 10 October 22:00 kick-off
Live on Premier Sports 1
Brazil are nine from nine in South American World Cup qualifying, and they’ll fancy their chances of making it a perfect 10 when they face Colombia in Barranquilla on Sunday.
The visitors are favourites to grab the win that would start the second half of their bid to be the first South American side to go the full 18-game World Cup qualifying campaign unbeaten.
Colombia are in a dangerous spot in the fifth and final qualification place, with just a two-point advantage over Paraguay, so the stakes are high here and should make for an intense game.
Brazil had a sticky trip to Venezuela last time out when they went 1-0 behind in the first half, but the second half introduction of Leeds United’s Raphinha changed the game as he provided two assists in a 3-1 win.
It was some international debut for Raphinha, and now Brazil coach Tite needs to decide if he plays him from the start against Colombia or again deploys him as a difference maker from the bench.
With the Selecao only playing in Venezuela on Friday, fresh legs may be needed, with Neymar set to return for Brazil after missing the last game through suspension.
He’s obviously worth looking at in all the major attacking markets but at much shorter prices than our man Raphinha, who deserves a shot after such a sparkling impact last time out.
There’s a variety of plays available here, with the Leeds man 4.57/2 to grab another assist and 3.7511/4 to hit the target from outside the box – and he’s a prolific shooter from range.
We expect him to be lively though and fancy him to get two shots on target here to ride the momentum of his first Brazil appearance last game.
He’s had two shots on target three times already this season, and had one on target from two shots in just a half against Venezuela, along with the two assists.
We’re riding the Raphinha wave to profit.