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The World Cup begins!

12 June 2014

Do you think you know what will happen at this year's World Cup?

With 2014 Fifa World Cup set to get underway in Rio de Janiero tonight, looks at the best betting tips to make the next four weeks even more interesting.

Brazil face Croatia in the World Cup curtain raiser at the Arena de Sao Paulo with the hosts and tournament favourites being backed as heavily as 7/2 by Sky Bet, the official betting partner of the Football League, to start the tournament on a winning note.

Niko Kovac’s side are seen as heavy outsiders to halt the samba beat and a Croatia victory is being priced at 14/1 whilst a share of the spoils can be backed at 4/1.

Looking ahead to the next few days and European heavy weights Spain and Holland will go head-to-head in group B. Vicente del Bosque’s side, who are looking to claim their second consecutive World Cup, are backed as favourites to get their tournament off to a winning start at 17/20.

Holland can be backed at 18/5, whilst a stalemate between the two sides that are contesting a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final at 23/10.

Looking ahead to Saturday and the big one. England, on Thursday afternoon, departed their training base and headed to tropical Amazon of Manaus ahead of their clash with Italy.

The two sides are backed at 25/1 to lift the World Cup and ahead England’s first game, Sky Bet have made Italy alight favourites to get off to a winning start and are offering odds of 13/8.

Roy’s Boys are slightly behind at 19/10 and a draw in the heat and humidity of Manaus has been tipped at 2/1.

Mario Balotelli is considered the biggest threat to Roy Hodgson’s backline at 5/1 to break the deadlock followed by Ciro Immobile, who netted a hat-trick in their final warm-up game against Fluminense.
Wayne Rooney heads the betting on England’s side of the market at 11/2 with strike partner Daniel Sturridge slightly longer at 13/2
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