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Cameroon the main reason why Brazil can reach 2014 World Cup final

| 29.12.2013

Repeat World Cup finals are nothing new; after all Brazil have squared off with Italy in both 1970 and 1994, while West Germany met Argentina in successive finals in 1986 and 1990.

And a third repeat is in the pipeline at the 2014 World Cup, if some statistics are to be observed.

Brazil are the favourites in the World Cup odds at 3/1 and this is a mixed result of being the host nation and an impressive triumph at the latest Confederations Cup.

However, a hidden reason that the Brazilians are primed to do well is because they have been pitted in Group A against Cameroon.

This is Cameroon’s seventh involvement in a World Cup and on five of their previous six appearances, a team they faced in the group stages has gone on to reach the final.

Another team that are developing a knack of facing a World Cup finalist in the group stages is Switzerland, who were paired with and defeated Spain in 2010 and they topped the group involving runners-up France in 2006.

This not only bodes well for the French mounting another serious assault at the 2014 World Cup, but the fact they are in Group E is another reason to believe they will go far.

A representative from Group E has made the final in each of the last three World Cups and in five of the last seven, dating back to 1986.

France are 18/1 in the World Cup odds, with Coral paying 1/2 odds each-way on the two finalists.

Brazil have already faced France in a World Cup final previously in 2008 when Zinedine Zidane was instrumental in handing Brazil just a second defeat in what was then their sixth final.

A second Brazil v France final in 2014 is a price worth looking out for in the future.