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With the hosts needing a win and their opponents underperforming so far, Phil Kitromilides thinks that the price of evens for over 1.5 goals in the opening 45 minutes offers value

Brazil would have expected to have wrapped up top spot in Group A before their final group match yet the hosts have failed to convince in their opening two encounters despite remaining unbeaten.

A nervous and controversial win over Croatia was followed by a goalless draw against Mexico and, while nobody expects anything other than a win for Brazil over Cameroon, there is perhaps more pressure on Luiz Felipe Scolari's side for this match than they would have liked.

They are of course overwhelming favorites priced at 1/7 (1.14) by bet365 while their African opponents are offered at a whopping 25/1 (26.00).

Cameroon, of course, have already been eliminated after two poor performances in defeats against Mexico and Croatia and they will be fearing the worst against Brazil.

The African side have been devoid of any real invention or creativity and will struggle to break down the hosts. Scolari's men should have enough to easily win and many will be tempted to back them to score three or more at 8/11 (1.72).

Instead, investing in a high-scoring first half with over 1.5 goals at evens (2.00) looks like a more appealing option.

If Brazil get an early goal, Cameroon could go to pieces, much like they did against Croatia, and, with the hosts needing a win, expect them to come out extremely forcefully from the off, meaning that two first-half goals looks likely.

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Over 1.5 goals first half at evens (2.00) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365

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