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Friday's draw in Bahia saw reigning champions Spain handed a tough draw, while England will take on Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica in Group D

Thursday's World Cup draw threw up plenty of mouth-watering fixtures - pitting some top teams in tough groups while others had the odds in their favour.

Hosts Brazil retain the favourites' tag. Luis Felipe Scolari's side are now rated as 3/1 shots to emerge victorious on home turf, having been handed a group which consists of Cameroon, Mexico and Croatia, which looks a relatively favourable draw.

World Cup Winner (bet365)
Team Pre-Draw Post-Draw
Brazil 3/1 3/1
Germany 5/1 11/2
Argentina 11/2 9/2
Spain 6/1 7/1
Belgium 16/1 14/1
Netherlands 20/1 28/1
Italy 20/1 28/1
France 22/1 16/1
England 25/1 33/1
Colombia 25/1 20/1
Uruguay 28/1 25/1
Portugal 28/1 33/1
Germany, who claimed third place in the last World Cup in South Africa, are now available at 11/2 to claim their first World Cup title since West Germany claimed the trophy at Italia 90.

Considering they boast two third-place finishes and a runners-up spot from the last three competitions, Joachim Low will be confident his side can put up another serious challenge but, after being drawn against Ghana, USA and Portugal, their path to the knockout stages won't be an easy one.

Argentina will take on Nigeria, Iran and Bosnia-Hertzegovina in Group F and are now rated as 9/2 chances to win a third World Cup next summer, with that quote having been trimmed slightly by bet365 from a pre-draw 11/2.

Some punters may be surprised to see reigning world and European champions Spain as fourth favourites to retain their crown after becoming so accustomed to La Roja dominating the international football landscape in recent years and they are sure to have their supporters at a post-draw price of 7/1 with bet365.

Group B also consists of Chile, Australia and Netherlands, though, so it will come as no surprise to see the odds drifting for those teams given the tough assignment ahead of them.

Belgium, who originally opened at around the 250/1 mark two years ago for victory at Brazil 2014, are now as short as 14/1 as they boast a golden generation of players.

Although that squad saw them breeze through their qualification group, it could be argued the value is now elsewhere given that they have been so well backed over the last year or so.

Group A sees Marc Wilmots' side face Algeria, South Korea and Russia for a place in the knockout stages.

Meanwhile, Colombia's price has been slashed to 20/1 from 25/1 as they have the seemingly more straightforward task of getting the better of Ivory Coast, Japan and Greece if they are to progress from Group C.

Cristiano Ronaldo's heroics for Portugal ensured that the nation would be represented at the tournament at the expense of Sweden.

Although his four goals over those two legs, coupled with incredible club form for Real Madrid, now sees him as the red hot favourite for the Ballon d'Or prize early next year, bet365 don't rate Portugal's chances of capturing a first World Cup. They are available to back at 33/1, which isn't a surprise given the quality of opposition in their group.

England may have topped their qualification group boasting a record of 10 games without defeat but the bookmakers are looking to take them on with 25/1 pre-tournament quotes drifting further out to the 33/1 mark following the news that Roy Hodgson's side will be in Group D alongside seeds Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica.

Of the big price movers elsewhere, France have moved to 16/1 for outright victory from 22/1 following a favourable draw that sees them line up against Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras.
 

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