Once your nation has dropped out, many people look to pick a second favourite. Being the hosts, being the favourites and being Brazil, with all the romanticism and history that comes with it, lots of people are probably going to head that way.
Judging by performances so far, though, lots of people are going to be disappointed. Chile have it in them to beat Brazil, though it really could go either way, but so far Brazil don’t look like having enough to break down Colombia—or at least, not more often than Colombia could break Brazil down.
Before the tournament started people were wondering if European sides wouldn’t fare too well; in part that has been the case, but the most impressive sides so far overall have been European and three of them, France or Germany on one side of the draw and Netherlands on the other, suddenly look to have a clear route to the final.
It won’t happen for two nations though and you’ve got to think Argentina, with the attacking ability available to them, could click into gear with fairly straightforward matches to come. To win it in Brazil, Argentina will hope it is “written in the stars” or whatever—but that doesn’t really mean anything at all.
France have looked the better side, have great depth in their squad, look an extremely together outfit and they’re playing the best offensive football at the finals. Keep that up and they could celebrate another World Cup win.