World Cup Countdown: Evens that Brazil win their group games

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It’s almost here. In one day’s time the waiting will be over and the World Cup will be upon us. Sadly, though, this means that Ladbrokes’ time creating special prices to help countdown to kickoff is at an end.

That’s after we hype up their latest offering, of course, which rightfully focuses on the tournament’s hosts and favourites.

The company have gone 1/1 that Brazil, who are the 3/1 market leaders to lift their sixth World Cup, win all three of their group games at the tournament.

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men are odds-on favourites to win their three matches in Group A and were you to put all three selections into a treble, it would return slimmer odds than the current price available in our World Cup special.

After the tournament’s opener against Croatia, which Neymar and co are 3/10 to win, the Selecao face Mexico, also priced at 3/10 for victory, before rounding things off against Cameroon with a 2/11 chance of triumph.

With Brazil heavily fancied to progress all the way to glory in their homeland, taking the inflated price that’s now on offer is certainly worth considering, especially as Brazil have a recent history of collecting maximum group points.

In 2006, the Samba Boys progressed from Group F with a 100 per cent record having toppled Australia 2-0, Japan 4-1 and ominously, Croatia 1-0.

For the more stringent omen seekers among our readership, the fact Brazil also kicked off their group stage against the Croatians make a three-from-three haul in 2014 all the more plausible.

Four years earlier, Brazil also won all three group games on their way to claiming the trophy in South Korea.

On that occasion they beat Turkey, Costa Rica and China to bring their strike rate for nine group point collection to an impressive two from the last three tournaments.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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