Dangerous Opening Matches for Favorites

The three teams that have the best betting odds to win the World Cup this summer all begin their campaign with dangerous opening matches. Brazil is posted at +300 to win it all followed by Argentina at +400, and Germany at +550.

In their first matches Brazil faces Croatia, Argentina faces Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Germany faces Portugal. The three soccer giants are all big betting favorites in their opening matches, but they are far from cakewalks.

Brazil -350 Croatia +850 Draw +450

The World Cup opens with Brazil playing a Croatia team, which is kind of an enigma. The Croats are known as a giant killer and they have a good squad led by Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, but they looked far from solid in qualifying. Can their suspect defense hold up to the Brazilian attack led by Neymar? Can their less than dynamic offense crack the Brazil defense? Those are both big questions.

Modric is a great playmaker in the midfield where the Croats are strong and while they are the HUGE underdogs all the pressure will be on Brazil.

Argentina -250 Bosnia-Herzegovina +700 Draw +350

I mentioned that Brazil has pressure on them, obviously, as the host nation, but so does Argentina. They have made the quarterfinals of the World Cup two times in a row and in three of the last four competitions, but have not progressed past that since they were the runner up in 1990.

In their first match Lionel Messi and company face a Bosnia-Herzegovina squad that, surprisingly, won their European WC qualifying group. The Bosnians have issues on defense, but they have a good offense led by the likes of Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic. If Bosnia-Herzegovina can find a way to thwart the Argentina attack then they have a great chance of an upset with the offense they have.

Germany -110 Portugal +300 Draw +240

In what is THE premier opening round match Germany is the betting favorite taking on Portugal in the Group of Death. Germany is stacked, as they have a great all-around squad, but Portugal has superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who has the second best odds, behind Messi, to win the Golden Boot.

The Germans do not have one glaring weakness, but if Portugal plays solid defense and plays well in the midfield anything can happen with Ronaldo on the pitch.