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2014 World Cup Draw: Breaking Down Teams in Line to Receive Favorable Groupings

GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22:  Mesut Ozil of Germany in action during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Ryan DavenportContributor IDecember 4, 2013

The draw for the 2014 World Cup is a mere measure of hours away, so the sports world will continue to wait with impatient anticipation to see how the groups will shake out Friday. 

Obviously, it's very difficult to predict what teams will be where, but at least given the alignment and the structure of the four pots, there are certainly teams that appear to have the inside track on favorable groupings. 

Heading into the draw, here's an early look at which teams should be in line for beneficial results once the eight groups are announced later this week. 

 

Spain 

Obviously, as the reigning World Cup champions, the Spaniards will certainly be among the favorites to walk away with the sport's most coveted trophy in Brazil, and the draw may help their cause. 

Using a random group simulator, it appears likely that Fernando Torres, Andres Iniesta and Co. will have a relatively easy time getting through the group stage, which definitely won't help their challengers.  

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 20:  Fernando Torres of Spain scores his team's third goal during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group B match between Spain and Tahiti at the Maracana Stadium on June 20, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by A
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Based on the odds, Spain's got a very good shot at being placed in a group in which England would be their most competitive opponent, and that would clearly be considered to be a helping hand to the Spanish squad. 

There's enough skill here for this team to beat anyone, but being able to conserve energy against overmatched opponents would obviously enable this star-studded cast to be fresh for the high-stakes clashes in the later stages of the tournament. 

 

Brazil

By design, the host team are scheduled to avoid taking on any of the world's best in the group stage, and by the look of things, Neymar and the Brazilians will do just that. 

Using the simulator, the United States have a decent chance at landing in a group alongside Brazil, and it's at least conceivable that Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and the Americans will end up being the host's toughest in-group foe. 

Sure, the United States are a squad that poses a threat to virtually any team, but does anyone really think that the red, white and blue have a realistic shot at beating Brazil on home turf?

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 16: Neymar #10 of Brazil walks to take a corner kick in the first half against Honduras during a friendly match at Sun Life Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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In other scenarios, Brazil could face Mexico, Holland or France, but none would be favored to defeat Brazil—at least on paper. 

In any case, expect Brazil to advance with relative ease, because quite simply, there aren't many sides on the planet that can keep pace with this immensely talented lineup. 

And, if Brazil's got a less competitive group in Round 1, the home team should have no trouble waltzing to the knockout stage. 

 

Germany

After falling to Spain at the 2010 World Cup, the Germans will be thankful that there's no chance that they'll face the defending champions in the group stage this time around. 

With that being said, France, England and Italy are all lurking in the fourth pot, and there are potential early threats in the mix. 

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 15:  Germany manager Joachim Low looks on before the international friendly match between Italy and Germany at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on November 15, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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But assuming Mesut Ozil, Thomas Mueller and the rest of this gifted group can avoid Italy, which eliminated Joachim Loew's troops at Euro 2012, the Germans should cruise to the round of 16. 

There's enough firepower here for the Germans to advance regardless of what nations are tasked with playing them in the stage, but given their ranking, Loew's bunch should push aside their early opponents with relative ease. 

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