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World Cup Betting: Brazil remain firm favourites ahead of the quarter finals

10:02 AM GMT 04/07/2018
Roberto Firmino Neymar Brazil 2018
The bookmakers believe that Tite's side are best placed to be crowned champions for a sixth time ahead of France and England, who are both 4/1

Brazil have a tricky looking World Cup quarter-final opponent in the shape of Belgium but the bookmakers still believe they are best placed to go all the way in Russia.

dabblebet make Tite's side 5/2 (3.50) favourites ahead of the next set of knockout fixtures getting underway on Friday.

The Selecao have only conceded once thus far and that came in their opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland. That backline should give them an advantage against a Belgium side that, while packed with attacking talent, haven't really convinced defensively.

dabblebet are 11/2 (6.50) about Roberto Martinez's side winning the competition, an outcome that would be their first major international honour in the modern era.

The same firm have France and England as joint second-favourites going into the quarter-finals. Les Blues certainly have the trickier tie according to the odds compilers, as they face a Uruguay side that got the better of Portugal in the last 16.

Edinson Cavani would be a huge miss for Oscar Tabarez's side if he's not fit for Friday's clash in Nizhny Novgorod and the South Americans are 12/1 (13.0) in the outright market.

Despite Cavani's potential absence, a defence that has looked rock solid for the most part could prove a tough test for a France side that were scintillating in the final third but allowed Argentina to score three times against them in Kazan.

Part of the reason that teams in the top half of the draw might look overpriced is the strength in depth they'd need to face in order to reach the final.

For example, should Brazil beat Belgium, they'll face the winner of France and Uruguay, whereas those in the other half of the competition have a potentially softer route to Moscow.

England will line up against a Sweden side that are 20/1 (21.0) outsiders for the tournament, the joint longest quote available in dabblebet's World Cup winner market. Croatia (13/2) meanwhile, face the other 20/1 (21.0) chances, Russia.

Despite their penalty victory over Spain the bookmakers are yet to be convinced about the hosts' credentials against Zlatko Dalic's men, who also needed spot kicks to edge past Denmark in the previous round.

The Three Lions began the competition as 16/1 (17.0) shots but things have certainly opened up for them. Gareth Southgate’s men will likely go off as favourites in each of the next two rounds as the young squad continue their journey into unfamiliar territory on the international stage.

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