This is likely to be arguably the most one-sided match in this World Cup. Considering that Germany scored 4 goals against a reasonably strong Australia, Brazil should try to top that against minnows North Korea. Especially as the historical qualifying equation may come down to goal difference, in this group of death.
By the time this match starts, the result of the Portugal versus Ivory Coast match will be known, and that should make Brazil clear about how many they want to score.
Brazil are always expected to win in any World Cup, and are the most successful team and hold every conceivable record. In their qualifiers, Brazil faced a fight, but always preceded to end on top. Their form has been consistently good since the last World Cup, and they have both the Copa America and the Confederations Cup, to show for it.
Ronaldinho and Adriano do not find themselves in coach Dunga's Brazil; yet this is a formidable team. But under Dunga, the team has become less flamboyant and more circumspect. Led by Kaka, and served by the wily Robinho, Brazil should be worrisome rivals for any defending team.Winner of the '' Golden Boot 'in the Confederations Cup, Luis Fabiano is a center-forward in the classic mold. North Korea should rely on defender Ri Kwang-Chon Ri to spend much of his time, marking Fabiano. Kaka, a world class midfielder is at the peak of his game and career, and should relish this World Cup opportunity to showboat his skills. An Yong Hak is likely to be the man North Korea will assign to try and keep Kaka in check.
North Korea began well in their qualification camapaign winning 5 of the first 7, and then inexplicably went winless in 6 of the next 9. A superior goal difference saw them through the expense of Saudi Arabia.
North Korea are in only their second World Cup. They should be happy if they were to manage even a solid point in this tough group. That said, North Korea actually managed to reach the quarter final in 1966, their previous appearance on this stage.
North Korea were very defensive in their approach during the qualifiers. Goalkeeper Ri Myong Guk was very safe and efficient, and the team got nothing away, while being very physical. Coach Kim Jong-Hun will look to midfielder Yong Hak to soak up the pressure and break up Brazil's rhythm. Brazil is certain to dominate in terms of ball possession, and create the most opportunities.
So what's my prediction? Just sit back and count the goals …