World Cup 2014 Group A betting preview: Brazil, Fred, Croatia & more

Brazil to win the World Cup – 8/1

As hosts, Brazil are understandably favourites for the World Cup. But they don’t have just home advantage on their side. Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men proved that they are the real deal after winning the Confederations Cup last year, beating defending champions Spain in the final. With the likes of Neymar, Oscar, Fred and Hulk in their 23-man squad, there is no shortage of firepower either. New Paddy Power customers can avail of enhanced of 8/1 on Brazil to win the World Cup on home soil.

This hugely inflated price is part of a four-way offer for new Paddy Power customers, with Argentina available at 12/1, Germany at 14/1 and holders Spain available at an incredible 16/1.

Cameroon to finish bottom of the group – 4/6

The Tipster feels that Cameroon could struggle in Group A. Brazil and Croatia will fancy their chances of qualification and the African side will need to get off to a good start against Mexico to have any hope of progressing. Cameroon finished bottom of a group containing the Netherlands, Japan and Denmark at the 2010 World Cup and face a much tougher assignment this time around. The Tipster likes the look of Cameroon to win the wooden spoon in Group A at 4/6.

Croatia to top Group A – 7/1 (Brazil 2/9)

Could Brazil make a slow start amid growing expectation and pressure surrounding their World Cup chances? Possibly! Brazil face Croatia in their opening group game and the Tipster wonders if A Seleção could stutter as the world watches their curtain raiser. Croatia have plenty of goals in their squad in the shape of Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Rakitic and Nikica Jelavic. If Brazil do slip up, Croatia will pounce, making 7/1 on the Croats to top Group A worth a punt.

Fred to finish as top scorer – 22/1

Most eyes will be on Barcelona forward Neymar as he attempts to emulate Brazilian greats of the past, such as Pele, and fire his country to World Cup glory on home soil. But the 22-year-old doesn’t enter the tournament in great form after failing to find the net in final five Barcelona games. Neymar is 11/1 to finish as the tournament’s top-scorer. But another Brazil striker, Fred, could represent much greater value. The 30-year-old finished the Confederations Cup as joint top scorer and at 22/1, the Tipster feels he is worth a few bob.

Choupo-Moting to score any time in Mexico v Cameroon – 4/1

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is Cameroon’s form player heading into the World Cup. The Mainz striker, who scored 10 goals in 33 Bundesliga appearances last season, has netted three goals in his country’s three warm-up games against Macedonia, Paraguay and Germany this month. The Tipster thinks Choupo-Moting to score any time against Mexico is great value at 4/1 and could shorten ahead of their 13 June clash. For those who like a bore draw, Mexico and Cameroon are 7/1 to play out the World Cup’s first goalless stalemate.

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