Croatia vs Brazil Betting Preview
Brazil is the big betting favorite in the World Cup opening match facing Croatia, who have a solid midfield, but will be without their main striker up front.
There is a lot of pressure on Brazil to add to their World Cup trophy case and they have the best overall odds to win the tournament at 3/1 odds.
Current game odds, courtesy of Bovada:
Fred, Neymar, and Hulk lead a dynamic Brazil offense, but the midfield is also a very good one and the defense is the strength of the squad. FW Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich is suspended for this match and his loss is a big one for the Croats.
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Still, Brazil will have to deal with a talented Croatian midfield led by the duo of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.
Croatia may play a defensive match in this encounter and look to score off the counter attack. However, with Thiago Silva and Dani Alves manning the back line and Julio Caesar in goal Brazil has a stacked defense that will not conceded any goals in this match.
With the solid midfield that Croatia has they may not get dominated in time of possession, but Brazil will get their scoring chances and they will not be shut out in this match even though Croatia will play a defensive scheme.
Brazil will have a major home field advantage in this match and they will look to get on the scoreboard early, which they will do. They simply have too many weapons at the disposal and all of their players are capable at finding the back of the net.
Croatia is a dangerous squad, but even though they are ranked 18th in the world, according to the latest FIFA rankings, they were not impressive in qualifying and were lucky to draw Iceland in their European playoff tie.
While they have talent on their squad they do not match up well with Brazil and that will cost them.
The 12th man advantage and a loaded squad add up to a win for Brazil in the opening match. Brazil will be going for their sixth World Cup trophy and they will get off to a good start towards that goal taking three points from Croatia in the tournament opener.