Tournament hosts and World Cup 2014 ante-post favourites Brazil will be looking to get off to the perfect start in Group A when they take on Croatia in the opening match of the competition.
The home fans will have high hopes of Brazil winning the trophy on home soil and a packed Arena de Sao Paolo will cheer on the samba nation in this match. Croatia will be hoping for an upset, but it's hard to look past Luiz Felipe Scolari's side here and they look a banker bet. The match odds alone are likely to be quite short come match-day, therefore it could pay to add Brazil to an accumulator or perhaps take them to win to nil for a better price, although with Mario Mandzukic and Ivica Olic in Croatia's ranks, there are no guarantees of Brazil keeping a clean sheet.
In Correct Score betting Brazil to win 3-1 will give a decent return if successful and they could well come out all guns blazing to signal their intent. It is also worth noting that here have been over 2.5 goals scored in 10 of Brazil's last 12 World Cup matches.
Neymar may not have enjoyed the greatest of debut seasons at Barcelona, but he was on fire in the 2013 Confederations Cup and Brazil really fed off his inspirational performances, earning him the Golden Ball award for tournament best player. Taking Neymar to score anytime makes limited appeal at short odds, but he is justifiably a popular selection for First Goalscorer betting and is a solid pick for that market.
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