FIFA World Cup 2014 hosts Brazil will face-off Croatia in the event’s opening game on Thursday, June 12. The match will start at 4:00 p.m. EDT at Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. Brazil will be predicted to beat Croatia in their World Cup opener, but they will definitely not find the going easy. A Seleção will look for the first goal to put a little pressure on the Croats, but they will find the going difficult against Croatia’s goalie Pletikosa.
The 35-year-old was excellent when the 2 teams met in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Despite boasting a strike force of Ronaldo, Kaka, Adriano and Ronaldinho, only Kaka could find his way past the goalkeeper. However, that was 8 years back, and now, Pletikosa has to come up against the likes of Neymar, Hulk, and Fred. Brazil might just have a lot of firepower this occasion of a shaky Croatian defense to stop.
At the other end of the pitch, Croat striker Ivan Rakitic has had a superb season with La Liga team Sevilla, but the remarkable central defensive pairing of David Luiz and Thiago Silva should be able to keep Rakitic silent.
FIFA World Cup 2014: Brazil vs Croatia predictions.
Epoch Times prediction: Brazil to win 3-0
Bleacher prediction: Brazil to win 3-1
SkySports prediction: Brazil to win 2-1