Brazil v Croatia odds : 2/1 on Brazil to win World Cup opener gets punters in frenzy

The World Cup is almost here, as we bring you the latest Brazil v Croatia odds, with Brazil looking a stand out bet at 2/1 with

The online bookmaker has created something of a stir by enhancing the price on Brazil to win to 2/1 from a very short 1/3, and at that price our bet for the opening game is a no brainer – we’re all over the 2/1.

Brazil quest to claim a historic sixth world cup finally gets under way later today when they take on Croatia in the opening game.

Phil Scolari’s men are the firm favourites to take the title on home soil and they will hope to live up to that promise with a win in their opening game.

The Brazilian’s have been in fine form in recent games scoring 17 goals and conceding just 1 on their way to wins over Honduras, Chile, South Africa, Panama and Serbia.

In addition to their superb form, the Brazilian’s will also head into their opening match with a ringing endorsement from their manager, who claimed the current crop are as good as the ones that won their last title in 2002.

Scolari was in charge on that occasion also and the 65 year old believes the players at his disposal now are just as good as the class of 02.

“The time has arrived. This World Cup is ours, and we will enter it together,” the former Chelsea manager.

“This (squad) selection is collectively as good as my Brazil selection was in 2002. Everyone plays for the team.”

The manager also acknowledged that the team is built around star forward Neymar, adding “If Neymar wasn’t on my side at Brazil, my selection would be playing in a different way. I’d have changed many things.

“Neymar will always make the difference, and can make the difference in any game. We all trust his abilities.”

The Barcelona forward is one of the favourites and with four goals in last 3 internationals the tag is justified. The 22 year old is likely to partner Hulk in attack with Oscar and Fred in support, in what looks like an extremely dangerous attacking formation.

Croatia meanwhile secured their place in Brazil by coming through the playoffs. Niko Kovac’s men finished runners in their group behind Belgium before qualifying for the finals courtesy of a 2-0 aggregate victory over Iceland in the play-offs.

Since then they have played three friendlies, drawing 2-2 with Switzerland and beating both Mali and Australia.

The Europeans boasts a number of big names in their line up with Real Madrid star Luke Modric, Europa league winner Ivan Rakitic, Brazilian born forward Eduardo, Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukic, Southampton defender Dejan Lovren and evergreen forward Ivan Olic just some of the players that will make life difficult for Scolari and his men.

Its sure to be a cracking atmosphere, and with a feast of football in store over the next month there’s sure to be plenty of thrills, spills and more importantly goals.

Sit back, take it all in and get ready for the World Cup 2014!

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.