The draw for the 2014 World Cup has been completed and what a mouthwatering month we can expect in South America next summer.
To some the draw has been kind: France in particular could be forgiven for feeling quite smug having been paired with Ecuador, Honduras and arguably the weakest of all the seeds, Switzerland, while Argentina will perhaps be expecting to progress to the knockout stages without having to go past third gear, having found themselves in Group F with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria.
Others meanwhile will find themselves needing to hit the ground running, knowing that they cannot afford any slip-ups. Group B, featuring Spain, Netherlands, Chile and Australia, Group D, with Uruguay, Costa Rica, England and Italy and Group G, encompassing Germany, Portugal, Ghana and United States all look well-matched.
Some of the matches that catch the eye in the opening round include a repeat of the 2010 final, Spain vs. Netherlands, the Euro 2012 quarter-final repeat, England vs, Italy, a fascinating Group C encounter between Colombia and Ivory Coast, as well as Germany vs. Portugal in Group G.
As such, all of this plays its part not only in which sides are more/less likely to find their way into the knockout stages, but also which individuals have become more likely to find their way to the Golden Boot, won in 2010 by Germany's Thomas Mueller.
Here's a look at where the smart money could be heading and who might just offer a decent long shot:
All odds subject to change and courtesy of oddschecker.com.