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World Cup 2014: Latest Odds, Schedule Info and More for FIFA Tournament

Boys practice freestyle soccer next to a mural depicting soccer players, from left; Italy's Mario Balotelli, Argentina's Lionel Messi, Brazil's Neymar and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, at a slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 5, 2014. The Word Cup soccer tournament is set to begin in just a few days, with Brazil and Croatia playing in the opening match on June 12.  (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2014

The carnival of world football is about to kick-off in Brazil as the World Cup comes to South America for the first time since 1978.

The hosts, and the bordering rivals Argentina, are the clear favourites to make the competition a continental home victory.

Here we take at the latest full odds of who will win the World Cup, as well as providing you scheduling information for your organisational needs. 

 

Full Odds To Win The World Cup

Odds To Win The 2014 World Cup
TeamOdds
Brazil3/1
Argentina9/2
Germany13/2
Spain13/2
Belgium22/1
France25/1
Italy28/1
England28/1
Portugal29/1
Uruguay33/1
Netherlands39/1
Colombia45/1
Chile51/1
Russia100/1
Switzerland150/1
Ivory Coast150/1
Japan180/1
Bosnia-Herzegovina208/1
Croatia246/1
Mexico256/1
Ecuador303/1
Ghana322/1
Nigeria360/1
United States370/1
Greece408/1
South Korea626/1
Cameroon1000/1
Algeria2500/1
Australia2500/1
Iran3000/1
Costa Rica4000/1
Honduras4000/1
Oddschecker.com

TERESOPOLIS, BRAZIL - JUNE 05: Head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari (L) speaks with a Neymar during a training session of the Brazilian national football team at the squad's Granja Comary training complex, in Teresopolis, 90 km from downtown Rio de Janeiro on J
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It is clear to see which four nations the bookies think have a real chance of winning the 2014 World Cup: Brazil, Argentina, Germany and holders Spain.

And Selecao coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was bullish in his words recently, per ITV.com, saying his side will definitely be crowned as world champions, justifying their rank as tournament favourites.

He said:

There is no pressure on Brazil. Brazil are not under pressure to be the world champions. Brazil will be the champions. I wouldn't have accepted the Brazil job if I didn't think we could win the World Cup. I wouldn't be leading the team I'd be sitting at home. I took this job because I'm 100 per cent convinced that I will win the World Cup with Brazil.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - AUGUST 14:  Vincent Kompany of Belgium issues instructions during the International friendly match between Belgium and France at the King Baudouin Stadium on August 14, 2013 in Brussels, Belgium.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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There is a huge drop in the odds once you look past the four betting powerhouses, with Belgium the surprise at 22/1 as fifth favourite.

Led by Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany, Belgium are packed with a host of new stars of European football. With the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Adnan Januzaj in their ranks, the Belgians might be the best chance of an outside bet to win the competition.

Colombia and Chile represent a great opportunity for punters at 40/1 and 50/1 respectively.

Both nations cannot be discounted on South American soil and will have no problems playing their best football in the Brazilian heat.

This is something the European sides will not be able to boast.

 

Full Group Schedules

Group A Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenue
June 12Brazil vs. Croatia9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETSao Paulo
June 13Mexico vs. Cameroon5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETNatal
June 17Brazil vs. Mexico8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETFortaleza
June 18Cameroon vs. Croatia8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETManaus
June 23Cameroon vs. Brazil9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETBrasilia
June 23Croatia vs. Mexico9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETRecife
FIFA.com
Group B Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenue
June 13Spain vs. Netherlands8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETSalvador
June 13Chile vs. Australia11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETCuiaba
June 18Spain vs. Chile11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETRio de Janeiro
June 18Australia vs. Netherlands5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETPorto Alegre
June 23Australia vs. Spain5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETCuritiba
June 23Netherlands vs. Chile5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETSao Paulo
FIFA.com
Group C Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenue
June 14Colombia vs. Greece5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBelo Horizonte
June 14Ivory Coast vs. Japan11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETRecife
June 19Colombia vs. Ivory Coast5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBrasilia
June 19Japan vs. Greece11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETNatal
June 24Japan vs. Colombia9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETCuiaba
June 24Greece vs. Ivory Coast9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETFortaleza
FIFA.com
Group D Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenue
June 14Uruguay vs. Costa Rica8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETFortaleza
June 14England vs. Italy11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETManaus
June 19Uruguay vs. England8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETSao Paulo
June 20Italy vs. Costa Rica5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETRecife
June 24Italy vs. Uruguay5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETNatal
June 24Costa Rica vs. England5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBelo Horizonte
FIFA.com
Group E Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenue
June 15Switzerland vs. Ecuador5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBrasilia
June 15France vs. Honduras8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETPorto Alegre
June 20Switzerland vs. France8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETSalvador
June 20Honduras vs. Ecuador11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETCuritiba
June 25Honduras vs. Switzerland9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETManaus
June 25Ecuador vs. France9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETRio de Janeiro
FIFA.com
Group F Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenue
June 15Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETRio de Janeiro
June 16Iran vs. Nigeria8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETCuritiba
June 21Argentina vs. Iran5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBelo Horizonte
June 21Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETCuiaba
June 25Nigeria vs. Argentina5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETPorto Alegre
June 25Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETSalvador
FIFA.com
Group G Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenue
June 16Germany vs. Portugal5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETSalvador
June 16Ghana vs. United States11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETNatal
June 21Germany vs. Ghana8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETFortaleza
June 22United States vs. Portugal8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETManaus
June 26United States vs. Germany5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETRecife
June 26Portugal vs. Ghana5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBrasilia
FIFA.com
Group H Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenue
June 17Belgium vs. Algeria5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBelo Horizonte
June 17Russia vs. South Korea11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETCuiaba
June 22Belgium vs. Russia11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETRio de Janeiro
June 22South Korea vs. Algeria5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETPorto Alegre
June 26South Korea vs. Belgium9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETSao Paulo
June 26Algeria vs. Russia9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETCuritiba
FIFA.com

 

Opening Match

TERESOPOLIS, BRAZIL - JUNE 05: Fred in action during a training session of the Brazilian national football team at the squad's Granja Comary training complex, in Teresopolis, 90 km from downtown Rio de Janeiro on June 05, 2014 in Teresopolis, Brazil. (Pho
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The competition kicks off on June 12 as Brazil face a dangerous Croatian side.

It is a tricky first test for Neymar and company and despite being overwhelming favourites for the match, a surprise could happen.

Scolari's boys are as short as 1/3 to win the game, per Oddschecker, but those numbers are drifting slightly.

You can get Croatia to win the game at as long as 11/1 and for a one-off football match those are very tempting odds.

However, the draw is 4/1 and this perhaps represents the best value for a less risky bet for fans.

TERESOPOLIS, BRAZIL - JUNE 05: Neymar in action during a training session of the Brazilian national football team at the squad's Granja Comary training complex, in Teresopolis, 90 km from downtown Rio de Janeiro on June 05, 2014 in Teresopolis, Brazil. (P
Buda Mendes/Getty Images

As you would expect, Neymar is plugged in as first goalscorer for the match at 3/1 with Fred at 4/1.

You can also pick up numbers of 14/1 on no goals being scored which seems appealing as a double with the odds for a draw.

However, Brazil will be switched on for this encounter and should see their European opposition off in some style. An early goal could open the flood gates and see the golden shirts of the hosts pull off an emphatic victory.

Brazil do have the class to go on and win this tournament but the threat of Argentina is clear and present. Lionel Messi is ready to perform on the biggest stage of all and what could be more of a motivation than to win a World Cup on Argentina's most bitter rival's home soil.

 

All odds via Oddschecker.com

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