World Cup 2014 betting: odds on Brazil to win Group A, predictions

Matthias Kern

Brazil is favored to win the 2014 World Cup on home soil and they are the biggest group favorite. What are their current odds to win?

No surprise that Brazil has a great squad and they have the best World Cup betting odds to win the whole tournament.

They are also monster favorites to win Group A. While they do not have a big superstar they have had in Cups' past, that opinion will change if Barcelona striker Neymar leads his team to another trophy.

Brazil is the host and they are in Group A with Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon. Traditionally known for a flamboyant attack, the defense is the strength of the team.

Brazil Odds to win World Cup 2014: +275
Brazil Odds to win Group A: -400

This is the second time that Brazil has been the host of the World Cup and the first time was in 1950 when they were the runner up to Uruguay. The one main weakness for the Brazilian squad is that they are vulnerable on long-range shots and can get caught on the counter-attack with long balls.

World Cup Prediction for Brazil

While Brazil is not in the easiest group they are not in the toughest one either. Croatia is the opening match of the World Cup and while they have been giant killers in the past they will not beat Brazil.

Facing Mexico Brazil will win, as they will be playing a team with defensive issues and they will have no problems beating Cameroon.

With the draw they will not be playing Germany in the final, which would be a dream match up, but they will beat them in the semifinals. In the final will face the defending champion in Spain and Brazil will win and add a sixth World Cup trophy to their already full case.

How Brazil got to the World Cup

Brazil is the host and because of that they automatically qualified for the World Cup. Still, they have played many friendlies and in their last six they have won them all.

In that span they have beaten the squads that will be playing this summer in Portugal, Korean Republic, Honduras, and Chile.

World Cup Qualifying Results

NONE - Last Six Friendly Match Results

11/09/13 Brazil 3 - 1 Portugal

12/10/13 Korea Republic 0 - 2 Brazil

15/10/13 Brazil 2 - 0 Zambia

17/11/13 Honduras 0 - 5 Brazil

20/11/13 Brazil 2 - 1 Chile

5/3/2014 South Africa 0 -5 Brazil

World Cup Group Play Schedule

12/06/14 Brazil vs. Croatia - Arena Corinthians

17/06/14 Brazil vs. Mexico - Estadio Castelão

23/06/14 Cameroon vs. Brazil - Nacional

Team Key Players

Neymar FW Barcelona - is an up and coming start that is the spearhead of the attack.

Oscar MF Chelsea - Is a great midfielder that can drop back and play defense and also push forward on the attack.

Dani Alves DF Barcelona - He is the anchor of the defense that is not only the strength of the team, but may be the best in the tournament.

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