Brazil v Croatia Betting Tips & Predictions – 3rd June 2018

31st May 2018 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
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Brazil v Croatia International Friendly, 3rd June

The World Cup warm-ups for Brazil take on a little bit extra importance ahead of the 2018 summer tournament, and that is because the Selecao will be aiming to use them to try and get their star forward Neymar some time. He is back in training after his injury, and the Brazilians would love to get him back into full flight. This will be an interesting friendly test against Croatia, who will also be heading to the World Cup in the summer. The Croatians will be looking to formulate their plans when they have to take on Argentina at Russia 2018.

Brazil v Croatia Odds*

Brazil 1/2
Draw 14/5
Croatia 13/2
* (Betting Odds taken at 5:04 a.m. on May 28th, 2018)

Brazil v Croatia Betting Tips

So will Neymar be able to get some time in for Brazil in this one? He is training with the national squad but is not 100% fit and that is not only because of the healing process, but because of lack of match playing time. Match sharpness is something that also goes along with fitness when players are sidelined like Neymar has been since March. Still Brazil boast a strong squad at the moment, and they will also be using these friendlies to look at good alternative options if Neymar isn’t fit and ready to go. Back during the March international break, Brazil recorded a 3-0 win over World Cup host nation Russia and then put a 1-0 victory on the board over Germany who had embarrassed them so badly 2014 World Cup.

The balance of Brazil’s squad arguably looks better and stronger than they did four years ago, and with question marks hovering over Neymar’s participation it should turn a bit of focus towards Manchester city’s young striker Gabriel Jesus and he is going to be worth taking a look at in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market for Brazil v Croatia betting. Brazil are carrying form with them having won all but one of their last five games (D1) and the South Americans put at least three goals on the board in three of those five games. This Brazil side look as if they have a lot of goals and them and therefore it is worth considering over 2.5 goals at even money odds* (Betting Odds taken at 9:14 p.m. on May 28th, 2018) with bet365.

This will be a good test for Croatia who will have to face Argentina in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup. This will present a bit different challenge will because Brazil are more of an attacking side than the Albiceleste are, but still, it pits Croatia against one of the best sides in the world. Croatia have been labelled as one of the strongest dark horses for Russia 2018, but alongside the challenge of Argentina in their group they would to deal with Iceland who beat them to top spot in their World Cup qualification group and Nigeria, who are carrying some form. So there is a tough work ahead of Croatia at the 2018 World Cup.

The big strengths of Croatia are in midfield where they are bursting with talent and they will carry some form into this fixture with them having won three and lost just one of their last six games. Their last fixture saw them post a 1-0 win over World Cup-bound Mexico and a good performance against the Selecao will give them in a positive frame of mind. They probably are not as strong at the back as they would like to be, but going forward they have plenty of creativity and therefore backing both teams to score at bet365 is at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 9:14 p.m. on May 28th, 2018) is a good option. Brazil and Croatia have met just three times before with the South Americans holding a 2-0 head to head lead over the Europeans with the one drawn game. The most recent game between Brazil and Croatia was four years ago at the World Cup with Brazil recording a 3-1 win.

Who will win – Brazil v Croatia Predictions

They should be a good match which is being played at Anfield and hopefully, the Brazilians will be able to get Neymar some playing time. Croatia can be a difficult side to play against, but there are weaknesses at the back for them and ultimately in this international friendly it may just be worth backing Brazil to take a one goal margin victory.

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