With the tournament hosts odds-on to top Group A, it could be worth taking a Brazil/Mexico Straight Forecast as El Tricolor look to be the next best equipped to make the Second Round.
Online bookmaker Bet365 have the best price around on a Brazil/Mexico Straight Forecast bet with odds of 2/1 and that looks well worth taking with other firms as short as 13/8. We've already tipped Brazil to win all three of their Group A games, so there is likely to be a three-way battle for second spot and a place in the last 16.
Croatia can be backed at 11/10 to qualify with a number of firms including Ladbrokes, but aside from a few big names in their squad, they look a less than convincing bet at that price. Indeed, they could only manage a 1-0 win over Group B no hopers Australia in their final warm-up match and are likely to face an uphill struggle unless they can beat the odds and get something against Brazil in their opening match, which would seem very unlikely. The ability of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic in their midfield obviously gives them a chance, but neither are prolific scorers and the pressure will be on Mario Mandzukic to get the goals for Croatia.
Apart from reaching the quarter-finals at Italia 90, Cameroon don't have the greatest of World Cup records and have won just once in their last 12 matches at the finals. Mexico on the other hand, have a knack of getting at least past the group stage. Their strikers Javier Hernandez and Oribe Peralta will be a real handful for the Indomitable Lions leaky defence in their opening match in Natal where they should get off to a good start. Second spot in Group A could well hinge on the winner of Croatia v Mexico in Recife on June 23rd where El Tricolor's ability to better handle the hot climate tilts the game in their favour and they can make the last 16 in the World Cup for the sixth consecutive competition.
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