Intriguing Opening Matches

The World Cup is still several months away, but the odds for the first matches have already been released. Obviously, every match in the World Cup is a big one, but here are some of the key first round encounters and the match odds.

Brazil -350 vs. Croatia +900 Draw +450

The hosts begin with a match against a Croatia team that looked far from stellar in group qualifying. However, Croatia does have a history of being giant-beaters and have a star in the midfield in Luka Modric from real Madrid.

Spain +100 vs. Holland +275 Draw +240

This is a rematch of the finals of the 2010 World Cup and the winner of the match has a great chance to be the winner of the group, which is not a very strong one.

England +180 vs. Italy +150 Draw +225

This is tough first match for both teams, who still have to face Uruguay in group play. Both teams are loaded with stars and have a great midfield in a match that is sure to be an exciting one.

Germany -118 vs. Portugal +320 Draw +250

The two teams with the best odds to make it out of the Group of Death face each other in the first match. Germany has the best odds to win the World Cup out of any team not from South America.

Ghana +150 vs. USA +180 +225

The other Group of Death match pits USA against Ghana, who is a team who beat them in the round of 16 in the last World Cup.

France -400 vs. Honduras +1000 Draw +475

France is the major betting favorite in this match, but there is still a lot of pressure on them after their disastrous showing in the 2010 World Cup.