The 2014 World Cup live stream and TV coverage officially gets underway this afternoon when Croatia takes on the host country Brazil in the first game of the tournament. Brazil is not just the host for this huge worldwide competition, but they are the overwhelming favorites to win it. Talk about a bit of pressure for the opener of the 2014 World Cup live streaming action on coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and his squad.
According to a Sporting News report on June 11, Brazil is listed at -365 to beat Croatia in the Group A opening match. When you look at these two teams on paper, it's surprising that Brazil isn't a bigger favorite.
Croatia struggled to make the World Cup, but now that they are here they will try to shock the sporting world by pulling off an upset of the powerhouse Brazil squad. Like the old saying goes, it doesn't matter how you got here - all that matters is you are here! Croatia may actually have an advantage in today's match-up. With no one giving them a realistic shot at knocking off the heavily favored Brazil squad, they can play loose and carefree.
Vegas odd makers and online sports book Bovada has Brazil -1.5 goals with the over/under number listed at 2.5. The comeback on the money line for Croatia is +1200, meaning if you bet $100 on Croatia and they win, you get back $1200. Now that would be a nice payout if they can pull off the upset. You can even wager on the Croatian team to finish in a draw at +475.
Fans all across the US and the world can catch today's first day of action nationally on ESPN and streaming live online through your PC, tablets and smart phones via Watch ESPN and ESPN 3. The action is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET. Will the heavily favored Brazil team roll in Game 1 of the 2014 World Cup or can Croatia pull off a big upset?
Here is a look at the game facts:
- Who: Brazil vs Croatia
- What: World Cup 2014 Round 1
- When:: 9 p.m. (BST), 4 p.m. (ET)
- Live Stream: ITV Player (UK), WatchESPN (U.S.)
- TV Info: ESPN
- Odds: Brazil -1.5 -- over/under 2.5