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The Selecao have played little competitive football over the past three years, but nevertheless head into this encounter in rude health having won each of their last eight games.
Winners of the Confederations Cup, Brazil will be confident of victory over Croatia who are without the suspended Mario Mandzukic and have lost four of their last 12, including defeats home and away to Scotland in qualifying.
Some have questioned whether Spain have what it takes to go all the way in Brazil but few teams deliver as consistently as La Roja, with Vicente del Bosque’s team unbeaten in 12 games at major finals going into this one.
Holland strolled through qualifying, but with little in the way of serious competition, remain an untested force. Having lost to France – the team Spain pipped to top spot in their qualification section – in a friendly, the Oranje could come unstuck here.
Having survived a scare against Ukraine in the qualifiers, Les Bleus should make light work of an easy group, starting with Honduras, arguably one of the weakest teams in the tournament.
France warmed up for this encounter in style courtesy of an 8-0 victory over Jamaica – their fourth win from their last five games – and should have enough to see off a Honduras team with one win from their last seven.
Among the favourites, Argentina start things off against newbies Bosnia, a team they beat 2-0 in a friendly encounter played last year, and are in good form, having gone five without conceding a goal.
With Lionel Messi in good scoring form too, having found the net in La Albiceleste’s 2-0 win over Slovenia last time out, the South Americans could prove too much for Bosnia.
Another potentially tight affair, Die Mannschaft’s fine preparations, coupled with their recent head-to-head record against Portugal makes Germany too good to ignore.
In free-scoring form following a 6-1 victory over Armenia, Germany have also won their three encounters with Portugal, beating Cristiano Ronaldo’s team at the last two European Championships and the 2006 World Cup third-place play-off.
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