Thursday 12th June is the day that is much longed for by the football fans from all walks of life across the world. It is the day that the 2014 FIFA World Cup Will be starting with the hosting team, Brazil, playing against Croatia.
This will be the opening match for both Croatia and Brazil. Brazil is expected by its supporters to perform well in this tournament more so on the home soil.
Full Match Information:-
2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil
Match 1:- Croatia vs Brazil
Group: A; Kick Off: 21.00 GMT, 4.00 EST
Stadium: Arena Corinthians
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Brazil vs Croatia – Match Preview
Have you ever wondered bringing Arena Corinthians, a stadium that has the capacity of 65000 seating spectators to a pin drop silence? This can only be achieved on the very first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup if Croatia defeats the hosting team Brazil in the opening match.
Brazil as a hosting country will be enjoying the home advantage and it will have a huge number of favorites. The team under the leadership of Luiz Felipe Scolari has pressure mounted on its back more so to erase the bitter memories when they lost in 1950 at the finals to Uruguay on the home soil.
On the other hand, Croatia is a team that has been to the world cup 3 times this being their fourth. The team in its first appearance pulled surprise after coming in the third place. It however in 2010 didn’t qualify for the world cup hence it will take this as a compensation event.
The squad with more than 1000 caps is the strongest Croatia has ever brought to the world cup. This means that they will not take it lightly the first match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Watch this space!
Brazil vs Croatia – Key Players Of The Match
Croatia’s key players will be none other than Luka Modric who plays in the midfield position at Real Madrid despite the fact that he is the midfielder who is really underrated in the world. He together with Ivan Rakitic will form a perfect duo in the midfield to curb the Scolari’s Men.
Brazil on the other hand will have their focus directed to Neymar, Fred and Hulk. This is because the trio will make the perfect defense against Croatians. With the great performance the international superstars have had, it will be a difficult task for Croatia.
Neymar who is only 22 but super talented will be leading his teammates to later heights. Dani Alves is the other player who will be the greatest weapon of Brazil.
Brazil vs Croatia – Head To Head Matches
The head to head statistics show that Brazil is currently ranked in the third position by FIFA while Croatia is in the 18th position. In the two matches that Brazil have played, they have won 1 game and drawn 1. Croatia on the other hand has won no game they have played against Brazil but have drawn once.
In the goal for category, Brazil have 2 points while Croatia have one. The goals after, Brazil have 1 point while Croatia has 2 points. The biggest win Brazil has recorded against Croatia is 1:0 while Croatia’s biggest loss is when they were defeated by one goal.
Brazil vs Croatia – Match Prediction
There are higher chances that the Brazil vs. Croatia match may end up in a 1-1 draw. However, with the lack of Mario Mandzukic in the opening match, Brazil seem to have greater chances of securing a 1-0 victory.
Brazil vs Croatia – Possible Playing Players
There is a high chance for Brazil to play with the formation of 4-3-3-1. On the other side, Croatia may play just like the formation of 4-3-2-2. Let’s see the possible players that may play the opening match of the biggest football championship, 2014 fifa world cup.
Possible Lineups of Brazil:-
- Goalkeeper: Julio Cesar
- Defender: Marcelo, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, and Dani Alves
- Midfielder: Paulinho, Oscar, and Luiz Gustavo
- Forward: Neymar, Fred, and Hulk
Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari
Possible Lineups of Croatia:-
- Goalkeeper: Stipe Pletikosa
- Defender: Darijo Srna, Vedran Corluka, Dejan Lovren, and Sime Vrsaljko
- Midfielder: Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, and Luka Modric
- Forward: Mario Mandzukic, Ivica Olic, and Nikica Jelavic
Manager: Niko Kovac