2014 World Cup Betting: Brazil v Cameroon Picks & Odds

Richard O'Hagan

Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:11 PM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014 8:11 PM UTC

Only the supreme ineptitude of reigning champions Spain saved Cameroon from the indignity of being the first side eliminated from Brazil 2014. Having conceded five goals without scoring themselves, they should turn out to be easy prey for the hosts.

Brazil haven’t looked too clever themselves, though. Only two dubious refereeing decisions – a penalty that clearly wasn’t and a refusal to send off star player Neymar Jr for elbowing – kept them in the game against unfancied Croatia, whilst poor finishing (and some stunning goalkeeping) held them to a goalless draw against Mexico.

Expect them to be a lot more ruthless against a hapless Cameroon team who will be without one of their better players in Alex Song. Song kept up a family tradition started by his uncle Rigobert in being sent off against Croatia on Wednesday and will be suspended for this game.

Brazil, by contrast, will hope to have striker Hulk fit again, although his role in the team can be expected to be little more than ‘ineffectual foil to Neymar Jr’ – or, at least, that’s the role that Fred, Jo, Ramirez et al have played so far in this tournament.

The best price you will get on a Brazil victory in this game is 1.14 at William Hill, so you will have to look elsewhere with the Soccer picks as this option offers little value in the match. Even the draw, at 11.0 with Bet365, is a shorter price than a Cameroon win, currently 31.0 with BetVictor.

On this occasion, the half time/full time option doesn’t offer much comfort, with the hosts being ahead at the break and at the final whistle trading at just 1.6 or lower. Look, then, to the correct score, where the favourite outcome, 3-0 to Brazil, is on offer at 6.5 with BetFred and a repeat of the 4-0 scoreline achieved by Croatia is 10.0 

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