In Depth Look at World Cup Odds Favorite Brazil

Brazil is set to host their second World Cup and the host is the betting favorite to win it all. They have betting odds of +275 followed by Argentina at +450 and Germany at +550.

Brazil kicks off the tournament in the first match in a Group A encounter facing Croatia where they are HUGE betting favorites posted at -400 with the Croats at +1100 and a draw line of +450. Speaking of Group A Brazil is the big favorite to win it posted at -400 with Croatia at +600, Mexico at +800, and Cameroon at +2500 at Bet365.

On May 7th Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will reveal his full squad and he recently told the media in eight players he has already chosen in Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Julio Cesar, Fred, Oscar, Willian, Ramires and Paulinho. Former stars Ronaldinho and Kaka are both long shots to make the final roster. The squad will not be much different than the one that won the Confederations Cup in 2013.

While Brazil is usually known for their offense their defense this summer may one of the best units in the world. Just look at the possible picks for central defenders in the likes of Thiago Silva (PSG), David Luiz (Chelsea), and Dante (Bayern Munich) along with fullbacks Dani Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (AS Roma). That is some serious talent in the backfield. While the defense may be stellar the G position may not be with aging star Júlio César the probable starter. Brazil does not have one possible keeper that plays in one of the bigger European leagues.

The midfield is also solid and while the offense is loaded with talent they are a younger bunch led by Neymar from Barcelona. He will likely be on the left with Hulk on the right with Fred playing the center forward. This World Cup may be Neymar’s time to bust out and show he is the next superstar.

To put is simply Brazil is stacked and on top of that they are playing on their home soil. If their defense holds up and the offensive threats can be creative when they have their chances than the host will be tough to beat and may add to their record collection of World Cup trophies.