Brazil v Croatia betting preview
Brazil come into the 2014 World Cup in imperious form having won their last nine matches, scoring 30 goals and conceding just twice in the process. The hosts have won each of their last eight tournament opening games and are best price 3/10 to continue that run.
There's little doubt that Croatia will prove a sterner test than some of Brazil's recent opponents which have included Panama and South Africa, but Niko Kovac's side have endured a mixed run of results of late. The Croats have only won three of their last seven and scored just eight times in that period. A Croatian victory is as long as 14/1.
With six clean sheets from their last seven matches, Brazil look a solid bet to prevent Croatia from scoring, and a victory to nil is available at 20/21 through odds comparison site easyodds.com. Croatia's task will be made that be more difficult by the absence of star striker Mario Mandzukic who is suspended for this opening game.
Historically, the World Cup opener has produced low scoring affairs and under 2.5 goals is odds on at 20/21. This would have been a winning bet in seven out of the last nine World Cup openers.
Brazil's star man Neymar has bagged seven in his last six games and is best odds 11/10 through Bet365 and easyodds.com, to score at anytime on tonight. The Barcelona forward is also 7/2 with Paddy Power to score first against Croatia and best odds of 12/1 to finish as the tournament's top goalscorer.
Brazil are 3/1 favourites to add to their five World Cup trophies by winning the 2014 tournament and have never been longer than 11/2 for glory since the market was first priced up immediately after the 2010 tournament was concluded. Croatia are available at 200/1 in the outright winner market through easyodds.com and are expected to qualify from Group A with the hosts, best priced at 11/10 to progress.
Best price match odds:
Brazil - 3/10
Croatia - 14/1
Draw - 5/1
Article courtesy of odds comparison site easyodds.com