Betting Special: Can Spain retain the World Cup in Brazil?

With the World Cup draw taking place on Friday, Al Hain-Cole has taken a look at who is best placed to lift the trophy next summer and likes the look of la Roja
All eyes turn nervously to Bahia on Friday, as Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke and his team of esteemed former players perform the draw for next summer’s World Cup.

The team everyone will be most desperate to avoid are host nation Brazil, who Paddy Power currently rank as the 10/3 (4.33) favourites to lift their sixth trophy in front of their own fans.

World Cup outright

Odds from Paddy Power
Brazil 10/3
Argentina/Germany 5/1
Spain 6/1
Belgium 14/1
Netherlands 18/1
Italy 20/1
England 22/1
With none of the previous seven North and South American World Cups having been won by European nations, it is perhaps no surprise that neighbours Argentina are next at 5/1 (6.00) to go all the way in the land of their historic rivals.

However, having finished in the top three at each of the last tournaments, an exciting Germany side are also priced at 5/1 (6.00) to claim their first global title since the country was reunified in 1990.

Current world and European champions Spain are next in line at 6/1 (7.00), which seems like an excellent price for a team that has suffered just three defeats in their last 64 competitive matches, two of which came in the Confederations Cup.

Of the remaining four seeded teams, Belgium are most strongly fancied at 14/1 (15.00) to pick up their first ever trophy this summer, despite not featuring in any major championship since Japan and Korea in 2002.

Having won the last World Cup on Brazilian territory back in 1950, Uruguay are outsiders at 25/1 (26.00) to pull off another shock after scraping into the finals via the play-offs, while Colombia are also available at 25/1 (26.00) after impressing in South American qualifying.

Despite somehow earning a place as seeds for Friday’s draw, Switzerland are still rank 100/1 (101.00) outsiders to win the tournament, having not so much as reached the quarter-final stage since 1954.

The seeding system has come under some criticism after traditional heavyweights Italy 20/1 (21.00) and the Netherlands 18/1 (19.00) were both omitted, and the odds for either of those recent finalists should drop should they receive a favourable draw.

The same goes for the likes of England 22/1 (23.00), Portugal 25/1 (26.00) or France 25/1 (26.00), so it may be worth taking advantage of the current prices prior to Friday’s big event.
Spain to win the World Cup for a 2pt stake at 6/1 (7.00) with Paddy Power

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Al Hain-Cole is an 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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