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Brazil v Croatia Tip: Back Neymar to Score in Opening World Cup Game

The curtain raiser on the greatest show on Earth kicks off today at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo as hosts Brazil take on a spirited Croatian side to kickstart one month of footballing extravaganza.

The Selecao take the pitch burdened with massive expectations as Luiz Felipe Scolari’s young bunch seek an unprecedented sixth title at the Maracana on July the 13th.

Brazil are expecting, and Neymar is the supposed torch bearer. The young star teased a nation in last summer’s Confederations Cup, and showed why Scolari’s  entire  game plan forward revolves around the plucky Barcelona star.

The tricky winger-cum-second striker provides the ammunition as well as the goals in abundance in the absence of any proficient striker. His all-round ability to press high up the pitch, and run into spaces quickly in transition is Brazil’s evident strategy.

Moreover, he is never afraid of taking defenders one-on-one, which is his and probably Brazil’s biggest asset. His ability to take on defenders and induce fouls means that he is Brazil’s gameplan at the showpiece event.

A second round clash with defending Champions Spain or last edition’s runners up Netherlands looks probable but with Neymar being the fulcrum of a team that needs to win a record 6th title just to meet expectations, this might just be the tournament where the 22 year old stakes a claim for being one of the best in the world.

Neymar is 4/1 with William Hill to score anytime during the opening game against Croatia – this offer is open to new customers only and this is a great bet to start your World Cup with.

Neymar’s dazzling brilliance to get past defenders and the ability to out think goalkeepers with low but fierce drives puts him as one the favourites to get into the score sheet during the ninety minutes of intense action on the pitch.

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  1. J Knight

    June 12, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I may have missed this discussion, but has FIFA already considered using instant replay on penalties given/fouls called within the box? The game officials could huddle and watch the replay to make a group decision. If there is obvious simulation/a flop, like there was in this game, the player is supposed to be given a yellow card, penalty overturned.It will take 5 mins. There are very few penalties given in a game.

    • Christopher Harris

      June 12, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      FIFA hasn’t passed anything like this, not that I’m aware of at least.

  2. Martin J.

    June 12, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I’d back the free-kick takers to score in this World Cup since the referees are going to be using magic spray to ensure the defensive walls are 10 yards away. Not sure who Brazil’s main free-kick taker is but I’d go with whomever that is to score first. David Luiz?

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