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Brazil vs Croatia Betting Tips for Correct Score and First Goalscorer

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Brazil vs Croatia betting tips and World Cup predictions for the first match of the tournament using facts and stats from Opta.

Brazil open the 2014 World Cup against Croatia on Thursday 12th July and the kick-off time is 9.00pm.

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The tournament hosts will want to get off to a flying start on Thursday and the stats certainly point in their favour. They are 3/10 with bet365 to win the match. The draw is 9/2 with Betfair and Croatia are 10/1 with Ladbrokes.

The host nation have never lost the opening game of the World Cup and the last time they hosted the tournament they won 4-0 in their opening match against Mexico. The odds for Brazil to beat Croatia on Thursday are 16/1 with Bet Victor.

Eight of the last 12 opening World Cup matches have produced one goal or less so a bet on Brazil to win 1-0 would fit the stats and this is 11/2 with Ladbrokes. Brazil only managed a 1-0 win over Serbia in their final warm up match and given the strong stats this is our first Brazil v Croatia betting tip for the correct score.

Neymar is unsurprisingly the favourites to score the first goal of the match but we think the value could lie elsewhere in the form of Hulk. He scored 17 goals in 24 games for Zenit last season and has scored three in his last five international appearances for Brazil, for our second World Cup football betting tip go with Hulk to score first at odds of 6/1 with Ladbrokes.

The start of the World Cup is normally a cagey affair and Croatia have only conceded 11 goals in 13 World Cup matches so this will not be a walk in the park for Brazil but their defence is also strong, conceding just two goals in their last nine matches. Mario Mandzukic is suspended for Croatia which is a huge blow that is why we are predicting they won’t score against Brazil in the World Cup opening match.

Brazil v Croatia Betting Tips:

Brazil to win 1-0 – bet here at 11/2 with Ladbrokes: new accounts get £100 free.

Hulk to score first – bet here at 6/1 with Ladbrokes.

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