Brazil, a 5-time winner of the World Cup, is hosting this year’s tournament and on home soil will be expected to deliver a 6th world title in front of their adoring fans.
Croatia finished third in 1998, while Mexico and Cameroon have both made quarter final appearances over the years.
Brazil is at fairly prohibitive odds to go throough to the next round, as expected, with little between Mexico and Croatia for the second spot. Cameroon is the rank outsider of Group A and are big odds to go past this round.
2014 World Cup Group A odds
Odds subject to change and were correct at 4th May 2014.
We fancy Brazil and Croatia to go through to the next round.
2014 World Cup Group A Teams & Fixtures
Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari
Gun player: Neymar
Best World Cup result: Winners 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002
Hosting the tournament meant easy qualification for the Brazilians and Confederations Cup victory in the summer has home fans bouyed for a record-breaking sixth World Cup victory this year. Luis Scolari was successful with the Brazilians in 2002, and if brilliant Barcelona striker Neymar sparkles on home soil then the streets of Brazil could be set for the party to end all parties!.
Coach: Niko Kovac
Gun player: Mario Mandzukic
Best World Cup result: Third 1998
Croatia qualifed second in a tough group that included Belgium and Serbia, and they beat Iceland in the play-offs. They do not appear as strong as the 1998 version that made the last four, but with the likes of Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic and Real Madrid’s Luka Modric leading the way, opponents will need to be wary of the Croations.
Coach: Miguel Herrera
Star man: Javier Hernandez
Best World Cup result: Quarter-finals 1970, 1986
Mexico, twice a quarter finalist, hammered New Zealand 9-3 on aggregate in the intercontinental play-offs to qualify for the World Cup, and are always a tough proposition in world football. They possess plenty of experience combined with and emerging youth, and quality striker Javier Hernandez will be hard to contain in Brazil.
Coach: Volker Finke
Gun player: Samuel Eto’o
Best World Cup result: Quarter-finals 1990
Cameroon are a shadow of the side that performed so admirably in 1990 but they still pack a punch when given the opportunity. They beat Tunisia 4-1 on aggregate in the final play-off round and although Samuel Eto’o is not the player he once was, he is Cameroon’s most capped player and the national team’s all-time leading goalscorer.
Group A draw – 2014 World Cup
|1||Fri 13 Jun||Brazil||vs||Croatia||6am||Sao Paulo||Bet now|
|2||Sat 14 Jun||Mexico||vs||Cameroon||2am||Natal||Bet now|
|15||Wed 18 Jun||Brazil||vs||Mexico||5am||Fortaleza||Bet now|
|18||Thu 19 Jun||Cameroon||vs||Croatia||5am||Manaus||Bet now|
|33||Tue 24 Jun||Cameroon||vs||Brazil||6am||Brasilia||Bet now|
|34||Tue 24 Jun||Croatia||vs||Mexico||6am||Recife||Bet now|
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