Brazil are the favourites to win the 2014 World Cup, boasting a highly talented squad featuring star players Neymar, Hulk, Fred, Dani Alves, Adriano and Oscar, Brazil are looking to advance past the Quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 2002.
Luiz Felipe Scolari has done a fantastic job of bringing Brazil this far, the only question that remains is whether Brazil can seal the deal this summer as the outright betting favourites.Brazil Preview
Croatia are without a doubt a strong European team, that much we found out during qualifying. Their lack of pace and depth in the defensive third is a reason for concern.
Croatia are tipped to get the better of Mexico and qualify for the last 16 knockout stages along with Brazil, however star player Mario Mandzukic is suspended for their first match and qualification is set to go to the wire with a last group match against Mexico likely to be the qualification decider.Croatia Preview
Mexico are lucky to be participating in this summer's World Cup and are still thanking the United States for punching their ticket for them at the last minute.
Like Croatia, Mexico have a chance of advancing out of Group A, but will need to put in three flawless performances during the group stage in order to do so. Mexico will be adept in the sweltering hot conditions, but it will be a tough task to overcome Croatia in the battle for second place in Group A.Mexico Preview
Outside of the aging Samuel Eto'o Cameroon do not have any real ability. This simple fact alone will prove to be their undoing this summer.
Cameroon do not represent a betting proposition as they will likely be eliminated at the Group stage, employing an attacking style of play the real problems are in defense, Cameroon could well be exploited by their group opponents and concede heavily against technically superior opposition.Cameroon Preview
Spain may be defending World Cup and European champions, but many feel as though their glory days have since passed and Spain will be Striving to prove everyone wrong with a dominant display.
Spain will be eager to win Group B to avoid a potential last 16 knockout clash with the likely winners of Group A, Brazil. The money has been coming for a repeat Spanish World Cup victory in recent weeks and Spain represent a value bet to win Group B ahead of Holland.Spain Preview
Chile finished third in CONMEBOL qualifying and were feeling optimistic about their chances in Brazil until the groups were drawn.
Now that they sit in a group with European powerhouses Spain and Holland, Chile are going to be facing a tough task to make it past the first round. The betting suggests that Chile are held in the same regard as Holland in terms of qualification, however Chile will need to defend resolutely to stand any chance of upstaging Holland or Spain.Chile Preview
The Dutch were able to put on an impressive display during qualifying, a display that saw them qualify for Brazil with a better record than any other European team.
Keep in mind, that Holland performed the same way during 2012 Euro qualifying and that tournament ended up being one the Netherlands would like to quickly forget. After losing in the final of 2010's World Cup, the Dutch clearly have some unfinished business to take care of.Holland Preview
After just barely missing out on a last 16 appearance in 2010, Australia will look to avenge themselves but will ultimately fall short of that goal, a distinct lack of talent will be Australia's downfall.
Australia will be crushed by all 3 of their group opponents and will concede heavily, when it transpires the Aussie's are nothing more than a pub team, the professional bettors will be steaming into the Over / Under betting markets on a match by match basis.Australia Preview
Prior to December, Colombia and their fans were looking forward to the World Cup being on their home continent. Now, with star player Falcao's injury setbacks liable to force him to play a limited role, the enthusiasm is tempered slightly.
Group C is one of the most evenly matched World Cup groups, however, even without their star play it's predicted that Colombia will hold too many guns for their opponents in the form of Rodriguez, Martinez and Teofilo Gutierrez.Colombia Preview
AC Milan striker Keisuke Honda and Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa will undoubtedly put on some impressive displays for the Japanese during the first round, but the lack of world class talent throughout the squad could prove to be Japan's undoing.
Japan will undoubtedly have their admirers, playing a high octane brand of football and technically talented, the real problems are in defense, during qualifying 40% of the goals conceded were scored within the 6 yards box.Japan Preview
The Ivory Coast possess some real star talent such as Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba, however many of their stars will be performing in their last World Cup and will be looking to make history by reaching the last 16 for the first time.
The Ivory Coast should be able to assert their superiority and aerial attacking strengths over the smaller Japanese side and defensively minded Greek team to wrestle a place in the last 16 and make history in the process.Ivory Coast Preview
Quoted as Group C outsiders, Greece will to need to ring the changes to their starting 11 if they are to have any chance of qualification. During qualifying the Greeks not only couldn't score, they also had plenty of defensive issues.
Known for their resolute defending under severe pressure, Greece will struggle to contain the potent attacking threats of their 3 group opponents and will be mathematically eliminated before their final group match.Greece Preview
There is no doubting the strength of the Italians, but there are plenty who doubt just how consistently a team with this much unproven youth can play.
Nonetheless, Italy head the Group D betting and have an outstanding chance of making a deep run in the tournament if they can gel together and play cohesive football. Group D looks to contain many twists and turns with qualification potentially going down to goal difference.Italy Preview
Uruguay will rely very much on the attacking prowess of Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani. If the Premier League's top goal scorer is able to continue in his goal scoring ways, Uruguay will be a much more potent threat than their odds suggest.
Defensively, Uruguay are weak and it's this weakness that will ultimately prove to be their downfall, which is why we are tipping England and Italy to advance at their expense.Uruguay Preview
The Three Lions are facing another uphill battle in this summer's World Cup. While they did put on an impressive display during qualifying, they are notorious for not performing when it counts (Eg. 1-1 draw with the US in 2010).
While England have their doubters, at the likely odds, Roy Hodgson's men represent a good bet to qualify from a competitive Group D before being eliminated at the Quarter-final stage.England Preview
Costa Rica are not really worrying about what the odds makers are saying about their chances of making an impact at the World Cup, they are just happy to be here. Expect the Costa Ricans to make an early exit, however.
Costa Rica do not possess any real attacking threats, and their first match against Uruguay represents one of the banker bets of the World Cup. Uruguay should be able to dominate and record an easy victory.Costa Rica Preview
France will definitely need to raise their game if they are to have any chance of progressing through the tournament and there are still plenty of question marks surrounding the current crop of players.
France should be able to qualify from a weak looking Group E, but will struggle to make it much further. With Samir Nasri a high profile omission from the squad, Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko will need to provide the create flair in midfield.France Preview
Playing on their home continent will give the Ecuadorians a boost, but an inability to score and an even greater inability to defend will see Ecuador likely exit the tournament in the first round.
During CONMEBOL qualifying, Ecuador scored the least goals and conceded the second most, given the quality of the opposition Ecuador are a great bet to be eliminated at the Group stage and should be included in any pre-tournament accumulators.Ecuador Preview
Switzerland have a potent attack as well as a coach who has been around the block throughout his career. Switzerland are a well rounded team ranked 8th by FIFA the highest ranked team in the group.
The Swiss are a confident selection to advance from Group E, but in all likelihood will fill the runners-up berth behind France, with a clash against Argentina the certain Group F winners in the next round, a last 16 exit is the best bet.Switzerland Preview
Honduras lack any real quality in just about every area of the pitch. Though they are in a relatively weak group, they will still consider themselves lucky to get even one result out of their three group matches.
Rank outsiders on the World Cup outright betting market, Honduras represent cannon fodder for their 3 group opponents and Ecuador look to have their measure in their second fixture.Honduras Preview
Argentina may not be the host of this summer's World Cup, but judging by the amount of fans that will be present at each of their matches you would think they were.
The betting tip of many to win the 2014 World Cup, it's hard to argue with that statement, Argentina are one of the most talent rich and technically gifted teams in the whole tournament with a lethal attacking force. Argentina will take some stopping this summer in Brazil.Argentina Preview
Nigeria are long past the glory days of 1994 and 1998, but with all the speed they possess they will be a real threat in the attacking third of the pitch.
If Nigeria can tighten up some loose strings in their defense, the Nigerians will have a fighting chance of clinching the second qualification place at the expense of Bosnia. However betting on Nigeria to win exactly 3 Group points by virtue of a victory against Iran should prove profitable.Nigeria Preview
The 2014 World Cup will be Bosnia and Herzegovina's first, but it won't be their last. Qualifying for the tournament was an achievement in itself for Bosnia who will look to prove a long line of critics wrong by reaching the knockout stages.
The potential dark horses of the tournament, Bosnia play an attractive blend of football and with Vedad Ibisevic and Edin Dzeko lining up, Bosnia are a force to be reckoned with.Bosnia Preview
Once again, a lack of talent will prove to be Iran's undoing on the World Cup stage. Iran will be eliminated at the Group stage, the question is how many points will they win?
From a betting perspective, the odds on Iran exiting the tournament without recording a single point represent a very good bet, outclassed and outmatched by every team in the group, Iran should return home with their tail between their legs and 0 points to their name.Iran Preview
Germany qualified for the 2014 World Cup in style finishing top of their group by 8 points, boasting a potent blend of youth and experience, Germany will be looking to avenge their recent World Cup shortcomings.
Expect the Germans to win Group G and advance deep into the competition, perhaps even making an appearance in the final. We review the best bets, latest betting odds and give expert tips on Germany's 2014 World Cup campaign.Germany Preview
Ghana are the strongest African side heading to the World Cup. With quality in all areas of the pitch and so long as their star players come to perform, Ghana are a lively Group contender.
During CAF qualifying, Ghana kept a clean sheet in 40% of their games and held on to win 100% of the time they took the lead. With a solid midfield featuring Sulley Muntari, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Michael Essien, Ghana will prove to be a tough opponent to break down.Ghana Preview
After their 4th place finish in 2006, Portugal have been on a steady downward curve. Ronaldo is just as good as ever, but it is going to take more than just one player for the Portuguese to make a real impact in Brazil.
Portugal are tipped to be eliminated at the Group stage, despite being second favourites to win Group G, a strong African challenge from Ghana and the gritty USA rounding out the group will make life tough for Portugal.Portugal Preview
The United States are an extremely talented team, unfortunately for them, they have been drawn in an extremely competitive group and will need to perform throughout.
During qualification, Jurgen Klinsmann the USA manager switched players throughout the team frequently, the USA have yet to find their best formation and first starting 11, this could prove problematic with 3 talented group opponents equally adept at exploiting weaknesses.USA Preview
Belgium's Golden Generation of footballers are really wanting to make a name for themselves and are looking at the 2014 World Cup as the perfect time to do so.
If the youthful Belgians can overcome their lack of experience on the World Cup stage they will be a potent threat during the competition's latter stages, well backed in recent weeks, Belgium are one of the popular outright World Cup Bets and should win Group H at the expense of Russia.Belgium Preview
The South Koreans simply do not have the talent needed to make it very far in Brazil. Should they put on three flawless performances during the first round their chances of advancing will improve, but will still not be very favourable.
South Korea will have a hard time in Brazil, physically smaller than their group opponents and susceptible to the aerial threats posed, South Korea are likely to be heading home after their 3 Group matches.South Korea Preview
While many people believe the fact that all Russia's current squad play their domestic football within Russia may have a negative impact on their progress, it could well prove to be a winning formula.
With a technically sound defensive unit and the ability to strike quickly on the counter-attack, Russia look like the only serious challenge in preventing a strong Belgium squad from dominating Group H, and good value to defeat South Korea.Russia Preview
The Fennec Foxes just missed out on a last 16 appearance in 2010 thanks to a last-minute goal by the US. While they would love to make good on their 2010 shortcomings, Algeria will not come close.
Devoid of talent, many bookmakers list Algeria as the group outsiders, with many players returning from their 2010 exploits, experience is certainly on their side, but in short they simply aren't good enough to compete with either Russia or Belgium.Algeria Preview