Brazil are still the favourites for World Cup glory this summer after they won their opening Group A match 3-1 against Croatia. But after a performance that was far from fluent and which relied in no small part on a very debatable penalty decision, are they really the dead certs the bookies suggest to finish top in the outright group winner market? Read on for our thoughts on the matter along with the latest betting tips and live odds comparison.

Whilst Brazil scored three goals – and two of those came from arguably their best player, Neymar – the home nation never really hit top gear against a Croatia side who created plenty of chances and who probably deserved a draw on the balance of play. Big Phil Scolari will be hoping that the first match was just about getting the three points and dealing with the enormous amount of pressure and that his side will show their true stylish colours in their remaining group matches. If they do then the betting odds as short as 1/25 for them to finish as group winners will be just about realistic.

Mexico, though, looked like a very slick attacking outfit, and though they only beat Cameroon 1-0, they had two goals wrongly disallowed and they created enough chances to have scored five or six. They will certainly give one or two problems to Brazil’s backline when the sides meet in Fortaleza on Tuesday and we wouldn’t be overly surprised if they nick a draw.

Realistically though, Brazil have the class, support and determination to top this group with room to spare, so the real battle might be for the runners-up spot, and backing Croatia to finish second looks great value to us at betting odds of 13/10 with Ladbrokes and is our main betting tip as things stand.

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