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The first game in Group A, and the first game in the entire 2014 World Cup is between Brazil and Croatia. The Brazil vs Croatia game will take place on June 12th, 2014 at 4pm EST.
Brazil are the hosts of the World Cup of course, and qualified due to that. Croatia only came 2nd in their group in the UEFA Qualifiers, and had to face Iceland in a playoff to qualify. They did just that, beating Iceland 2-0.
This promises to be an interesting clash. Brazil are going into this game as the red hot favourites, and the favourites to win the World Cup. It’s expected that if they can handle the climate, Croatia will be able to qualify from Group A. Despite that, they are still massive underdogs in this game, going into this one at 11/1. To show how huge that is – Australia are 14/1 to beat Spain.
These odds are a sign not in the lack of skill in Croatia, but the complete faith and wealth in class Brazil have to offer, plus the fact that most of the money is going on them.
Brazil vs Croatia Betting Odds:
Brazil To Win: 2/7
Croatia To Win: 11/1
Over 2.5 Goals: 9/10
Under 2.5 Goals: 9/10
The best odds for Brazil vs Croatia .
Brazil vs Croatia Betting Tips:
Here’s how it works – I’ll analyze the “to win” market as well as the Over/Under on the 2.5 goals. Then I will provide any additional betting tips from the mass variety we have available to us.
First of all – Brazil to win is completely unbettable. 2/7 odds are just horrible in a game where anything could happen. They could get off to a slow start, they could get players sent off – nerves could get to them. It’s not just worth it.
Croatia to win at 11/1 is a tight one. I can see value there. If we run the same match 10 times in a row do Brazil win every time? No. It’s more like 6/1 to 8/1 for the true odds. However in saying that – despite being someone who enjoys a value bet I just can’t bet on Croatia here.
Instead I’d like to look at the Over 2.5 Goals market, and I think there is tremendous value there. Brazil have an incredible attack – but Croatia are very solid too in attack. Mandzukic is just a beast, and if they can give him anything close to the service he gets at Bayern, he’s in for a good World Cup.
Bet Over 2.5 Goals .
Brazil vs Croatia Betting Props:
It’s hard to go for props when we haven’t seen how the teams will line up or play yet. We’re still getting injury rumours etc – however there are a couple that have value.
I like Brazil to dominate this game from kick-off. Their team is going to be hungry, and with the attacking force they have – yikes. Go with Brazil-Brazil at 8/11 odds. For those unaware, this means Brazil to lead the game at both half-time and full-time.
That’s it for now.
Also please be sure to check out my betting blog where I attempt to turn $5,000 into $20,000 throughout the World Cup. I will be posting more picks in there, such as players to score and so on, the day prior to kick-off in the Brazil vs Croatia game.