World Cup 2014 Group A Betting Preview: Brazil Dominate Odds

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2014

Brazil's Neymar practices during a training session at the Serra Dourada stadium in Goiania, Brazil, Monday, June 2, 2014. Brazil will face Panama on Tuesday in preparation for the World Cup soccer tournament that starts on 12 June. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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With one of the deepest and most talented international squads in the world and the advantage of being the host nation in 2014, Brazil is favored to win the 2014 World Cup, going off at 3-1 to do so.

But before advancing into the knockout stage to compete for the World Cup, Brazil will have to deal with its opponents in Group A: Mexico, Croatia and Cameroon.

When it comes to which team will win Group A, there is very little drama or doubt surrounding team Brazil. Brazil is a 2-9 favorite to win the group and will be heavily favored in all three of its group-stage matchups.

Team leader Neymar is going off at 10-1 to win the Golden Boot for most goals scored in the tournament and is the 6-1 favorite to win the Player of the Tournament award. Neymar was named MVP in Brazil's Confederation Cup run in 2013.

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic was a star in the Euro 2012 tournament, tying for the most goals scored in the entire event. Mandzukic will be counted on to have another strong tournament this year if Croatia is planning on having any success in World Cup action.

Croatia won't have Mandzukic for the opening game of the tournament against Brazil due to a suspension, but this isn't a game the Croatians are expected to have much of a shot in anyway. Croatia is a 150-1 long shot to win the World Cup and is going off at 15-2 to win Group A but will be favored in the second game against Cameroon.

Also on the board at 15-2 to win Group A is Mexico, a team that has plenty of potential but also left much to be desired during qualifiers. Mexico won just two of their 10 matches in World Cup qualifiers before stomping New Zealand to earn this spot in the tournament.

El Tri tends to perform well in the group stage of the World Cup and has the talent to advance to the knockout stage, but form will have to be better. Mexico would pay 125-1 to win the World Cup.

Rounding out the group is Cameroon, the clear underdog in the pack. Cameroon has enough talent on offense to force a draw or even an upset against Croatia or Mexico, but it would still be a surprise. Cameroon currently sits at 25-1 to win Group A.


Group A odds

Brazil 2-9

Croatia 15-2

Mexico 15-2

Cameroon 25-1

All odds and stats references courtesy of Odds Shark.