Brazil: World Cup 2014 Upset Predictions
If they played the game on paper, we’d just hand Brazil the World Cup 2014 trophy now and skip all this action on the field.
But there is plenty of World Cup upset intrigue that will keep fans enthralled and bettors making repeated trips to the sportsbook payout window.
Chile in Group B
Spain is the defending World Cup champion, but their golden era may be dimming. Chile seems poised to turn out the lights on Spain’s World Cup 2014 run early.
Home-continent advantage notwithstanding, the Chileans boast the type of counter-attacking offense that can give trouble to Spain. So even though Spain may dominate time of possession, they could see themselves chasing a deficit on the scoreboard.
ESPN’s Soccer Power Index says Chile is better that Spain on offense and defense and gives them the odds to advance here.
Mexico in Group A
While few are predicting Brazil won’t finish first, most observers pick Croatia to finish second. That would relegate the Mexicans to the bottom half of Group A and an early exit from World Cup 2014.
Despite losing two recent friendlies to Portugal and Bosnia-Herzegovina, this is a solid squad that has performed well over the past year. Before those losses, they had five wins and two draws in seven matches.
And even when not playing brilliant soccer, they were managing victories and draws.
In the World Cup, teams need to play great soccer. And when they don’t, they need to play winning soccer.
We see Mexico doing a bit of both and advancing to the Round of 16 as an upset.
Ecuador in Group E
If you see the home-continent advantage theory percolating again, it's part of the reason we see Ecuador advancing in Group E. France should win the group but the Swiss seem overrated.
That opens the door for Ecuador to kick their way into the knockout phase.