Brazil odds to win World Cup 2014
The host nation will have a lot of pressure on their shoulders when they roll out for the big kick off on June 12th. Brazil take on Croatia at the famous Maracana in Rio, and the heavily biased support that they will be playing in front of on such a big occasion will, most likely, serve as a twelfth man for them.
The five-time World Cup winners will be looking to follow up on their 2002 success in Japan by winning on home soil, something that they failed to do the last time it was hosted there. That was back in 1950 where Brazil lost their final group game against Uruguay 2-1. That was back when the World Cup was decided by a final round-robin group consisting of four nations, Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden and Spain.
Brazil were drawn alongside Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon in Group A of the 2014 World Cup and that has helped to keep Brazil odds to win the World Cup 2014 pretty short at a price of 3/1. That is firm favouritism having been placed upon them, with joint-second favourites Germany and Argentina trading at around 5/1 in the outright winner market. The challenges of Mexico and Cameroon don’t look likely to stand up anywhere near to the quality needed to take points off Brazil in their own backyard, so progress through to the knockout stage should be pretty smooth.
Interestingly there, if Spain were to finish second in their group to the Netherlands, then it would set up a massive Brazil v Spain fixture. Neither would want that at such an early stage, but it is brewing in the background should either of them slip up and not win their group. Brazil are massive 1/4 favorites to win Group A in World Cup 2014 betting and they couldn’t have asked for an easier group. Croatia should be their toughest challenge, but on opening night, with emotions and energy running amok, Brazil are 1/3 to win that opening encounter, with the Croatians heavily priced outsiders at 11/1.
Their golden boy Neymar is priced at 14/1 in the Top Goalscorer market for World Cup 2014 betting, which puts him around the joint-second favourite mark. While the goals haven’t flowed for him since his big money move to Barcelona, his goals are going to be what carries Brazil. Their other main forwards, Hulk, Fred and Jo are basically going to have to be putting in the dirty work in order to give Neymar the space to shine. Brazil look to their prodigal son and he does deliver. Neymar had netted 30 goals in 47 appearances for Brazil at the time of writing, a prolific record from the 22 year old.
So are there any reasons that you wouldn’t jump all over 3/1 Brazil odds to win the World Cup 2014? Yes there are. There are question marks over them. The Brazilians are very weak in the defensive midfield area of their game, and if you take Neymar’s goals out of the picture then there may not be a lot of punch in attack. They have power runners like Ramires and Willian, and creativity though Oscar but there isn’t much weight defensively in midfield for them to call upon. Football isn’t all about attack of course.
There are quality players in the back for them, from David Luiz, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva and Marcelo, but all of them like to go wandering up the pitch and can easily get pulled out of position. It’s not the most solid and disciplined of back lines, that’s for sure. Brazil have played a lot of friendly matches over the last couple of years, but will the lack of tough, competitive matches hinder them at the 2014 World Cup? There were defeats in their run of friendly international matches against England and Switzerland. But they did beat Italy, Uruguay and Spain on their way to winning the Confederations Cup back in the summer of 2013.
They warm up with friendly matches against Panama and Serbia before the big kick off. It has been a while since they really tested themselves against top quality opposition though, but they have been steadily building in a very exciting unit under Luiz Felipe Scolari. Can they earn their record sixth World Cup title? They are favourites to do so.