Given the way that they dominated the CONMEBOL qualification section to reach the 2018 World Cup, Brazil are rightly considered among the favourites to claim the trophy on 15th July in Moscow. In Tipbet’s odds for the tournament – with all group games already available – the season bets show that the South Americans are at 4.50 to win the competition for the sixth time.
Key to their hopes is likely to be the fitness of Neymar, who has been named in Tite’s squad but has not featured since February 25th due to a broken foot that he picked up whilst playing for Paris Saint-Germain. The 26-year-old is his nation’s fourth top scorer with 53 goals already and is well on the way to catching Pele’s record of 77. As was shown in Brazil’s home tournament of 2014, Neymar is very much their talisman.
Seleção have been drawn in Group E along with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia and are expected to easily navigate their way to the last-16 and beyond – it is 9.75 with Tipbet that this is the stage that they are eliminated.
Given Brazil’s relatively straightforward group, Croatia will be strong opponents in preparation for the knockout stage. The Europeans have named a strong squad for the tournament with plenty of stars including captain Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic amd Ivan Rakitic on show.
The game is taking place at Anfield in Liverpool in what is a repeat of the opening match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with the hosts winning 3-1. For Croatia, Brazil offer top attacking opposition in advance of facing Argentina in Group D, along with Iceland and Nigeria. With the South Americans beaten finalists in 2014 – and boasting Lionel Messi – it is likely to be a case of the other three battling for second place; Iceland showed at Euro 2016 that they are capable of causing an upset.
Tipbet.com has plenty of odds for all pre-tournament friendlies once a quick registration to the site has been completed, with over 60 markets available for the Anfield game currently. Brazil are overwhelming favourites at 1.45 to win in what is their penultimate game before kicking-off against Switzerland on 17th June. Croatia are available at 7.00, and there are plenty of other outcomes to bet on.