2014 World Cup. Brazil Vs Croatia. Match Preview & Tip.

World Cup 2014 Tips

Hosts Brazil meet Croatia today in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup, at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo.

Form

Historically the two sides have met twice, with Brazil taking one win, and the sides playing out a draw in the other fixture.

Brazil’s previous warm up friendly was against Serbia, where they were able to post a 1-0 victory, a slightly surprising result given the two teams world FIFA rankings.

Croatia were also able to come up with a 1-0 win in their last friendly, when they edged out Australia, in a game where they were the better side but did not dominate.

Injuries & Suspensions

There are no injury concerns for either team, though Croatia will be without Mario Mandzukic, who will serve a one match suspension for a red card against Iceland in November 2013.

Prediction & Tip

Brazil will get the win here, though it may not be the high scoring affair some might expect. With the weight of expectation, and being an opening match, we predict the first half to be a tight affair, with Brazil taking control in the second half for a 2-0 victory.