Inevitably, it’s tournament hosts and outright favourites Brazil that head the betting to top World Cup Group A, bet365 making them 1/4 to finish ahead of Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon.
That’s about as much of a banker as you’ll get at the tournament but with bookies giving little away there are better ways to profit on the almost certain dominance of Luis Felipe Scolari’s men.
Firstly, Skybet chalk the Selecao up at 10/11 to win all three games against opponents that all look markedly inferior and the weakest of the trio, Cameroon, combine with Brazil at the same price in a top and bottom double at an identical price via the same firm.
If those two are to feature at opposite ends of the pool then second place looks to be a battle between Croatia and Mexico and it’s the tough-to-beat European outfit that get the nod at 8/5 (Ladbrokes) to be runners-up.
Tricast on Brazil-Croatia-Mexico – 3/1 (Stan James)