World Cup 2014 – Group A Verdict

VERDICT: Brazil have been given a relatively kind section to start their challenge and should have little trouble going three for three here. In winning the Confederations Cup last year they landed all 5 of their matches inside normal time, and since landing that title, have failed to win just one game – a friendly when they travelled to Switzerland – and generally overmatch their group rivals. Croatia, on the same form that made them so hard to bat in the European Championships, could be the toughest test first up but the absence of Mario Mandzukic is a great boost for the Selecao, who have home support (albeit with the possibility of things getting twitchy if the game is tight) and they were comfortable 2-0 winners against Mexico in the Confederations Cup group stages. Cameroon lie 46 places below them in the FIFA Rankings and have played no tournament football since he 2010 African Nations Cup, leaving Brazil overwhelming favourites for all three games. Croatia’s technique quality may push them to second spot ahead of Mexico, with Cameroon set for a difficult time.



Advice: 6 pts Brazil to get 9 points (11/10 general) 

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