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With the World Cup exactly a year away, Al Hain-Cole thinks Vicente del Bosque's champions offer excellent value to retain the trophy they won in South Africa

Exactly one year from today, a global audience will be turning their attention to the Arena de Sao Paulo for the opening fixture of the 2014 World Cup.

As the host nation, Brazil are already assured of a place in the tournament, and with home advantage on their side, they are currently 3/1 (4.00) favourites with William Hill to the lift the trophy for an unparalleled sixth time.

2014 World Cup

Odds from William Hill
Brazil 3/1
Argentina 9/2
Germany 5/1
Spain 11/2
Netherlands 18/1
England 20/1
A Selecao’s absence from South American qualifying leaves nine nations competing for five possible places, meaning group leaders Argentina are practically certain to be competing on their neighbours’ turf, where they are available at 9/2 (5.50) to win their first title in 27 years.

German football is riding the crest of a wave at the moment, and their talented crop of players are seen to be Europe’s biggest chance of emerging victorious in South America, at odds of 5/1 (6.00).

This may come as a slight surprise to Spanish observers, whose world and European championship winning national side are on offer at a more generous 11/2 (6.50) to become the first team since Brazil over 50 years ago to collect back-to-back titles.

This price is sure to drop considerably once Vicente del Bosque’s men secure their place in the tournament, and is therefore worth seizing upon now.

The Netherlands lost in the final in South Africa in 2010, and with an 100 per cent qualifying record behind them, they are currently available at 18/1 (19.00) to go one better next summer.

Colombia and Belgium are both up and coming forces in world football, and are each rated as having a 20/1 (21.00) chance of going all the way, despite never having reached a semi-final before.

That 20/1 (21.00) price is shared by Roy Hodgson’s England, although the Three Lions will not be booking their flights to Rio just yet as they sit second in their qualifying group.

Italy at 22/1 (23.00), France at 33/1 (34.00) and Portugal at 40/1 (41.00) make up the rest of the traditional heavyweights who will be expected to vie for the famous trophy.

Asian leaders Japan are the first team to qualify for the World Cup, but are massive outsiders at 200/1 (201.00) to go all the way.

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Spain to win the 2014 World Cup at 11/2 (6.50) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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