Brazil 2014 World Cup Predictions
How far is the host nation going to get at Brazil 2014? Brazil 2014 World Cup Predictions are taking a lot of presence, with Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men looking strong and primed to have another run at the title. They have everything working for them, a good creative, hard working young side and of course, the massive home support cheering them on through their games. But the talking has to be done on the pitch, so while they are running as 3/1 outright favourites to win the World Cup 2014, what is likely to happen to Brazil?
The group stage should be an absolute cinch for them. It is hard to see them slipping up anywhere. The Selecao kick off the tournament with a match against Croatia on June 12th, Brazil are running odds on at 3/10 to pick up maximum points there. That frankly, is their easiest looking game of the group stage, because they then go on to face Mexico on June 17th before rounding out their campaign with a game against Cameroon on June 23rd. So it looks pretty easy and Brazil are odds on at 1/4 to win Group A and at 1/19 to qualify.
So there doesn’t look to be any drama coming their way in the first steps to World Cup glory. Because of Brazil’s dominance here though it is probably going to be worth having a straight forecast in Group A, with a Brazil/Croatia option at 7/4 and good looking value.
So how far can Brazil get?
Brazil 2014 World Cup Predictions should encompass a Stage of Elimination bet, especially if you think that they aren’t going to lift the title. The thing about Brazil’s path to the final, is that it is very easy up until the semi final stage. Their first knockout stage match is likely to be against the Netherlands, which, on paper the Brazilians should win with ease. Even if Group B gets turned on its head and Brazil face Spain in the round of sixteen, the way that the Brazilians destroyed the Spaniards in the final of the 2013 Confederations Cup, the Selecao will still be hot favourites.
Moving on to the quarter finals, Brazil could most likely be playing either Colombia or any one of Italy, Uruguay and England. You really wouldn’t go against the Brazilians against any of them, although Colombia and Italy could be the trickiest match ups. The projected semi final would then come against Germany. So really, Brazil could have quite a smooth path to the final four and they are 5/1 shots to get eliminated in the Semi’s and the same price to get knocked out of the quarter finals too. According to the odds, there is just as much chance of them getting knocked out in the second round as them to end up winners (10/3 on both options).
Barcelona’s Neymar is even money favorite to finish as Brazil’s top scorer at the tournament. They are going to have to rely on him a lot. Fred is 3/1 with Hulk at 10/1, but both of those are more likely to be putting in the hard graft in creating space and opportunities for Neymar to exploit, as opposed to getting in heavily amongst the goals. Backing Neymar there then is a straightforward option in Brazil 2014 World Cup Predictions. Neymar is running at 14/1 in the Top Goalscorer market for the World Cup 2014.
So if they get all the way to the final, can they deliver? Well the most probable opponents that they would meet there is either going to be South American rivals Argentina or current holders Spain (assuming the Spaniards win Group B and avoid Brazil in the round of sixteen). Brazil are looking for their sixth World Cup title, and all the hype of playing the final at the new Maracana in front of a partisan crowd would give them an edge. If Brazil do make it to the final on July 13th, they will be favourites, whoever they go up against. They will be backed heavily there and the Selecao are 7/5 to reach the World Cup Final 2014.