FIFA World Cup Countries Wary Of Group Of Death
December 03, 2013
The whole Soccer community is eagerly anticipating the World Cup draw this week – as it will give a good indication as to who has the best chance of winning next year’s tournament in Brazil.
The fate of Australia and the other 31 qualifying nations – including favourites Brazil and current World Champions Spain – will be known to all, once FIFA have made the draw in the early hours of Saturday morning.
And they will all be hoping that they have the luck of the draw – as, according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index, 27 of the 32 nations could see their odds of progressing out of the Group Stage change by 50+ percentage points based on the draw.
Due to the teams being placed into pots, Brazil and the top seven FIFA-ranked teams will avoid each other in the group stage – as they are seeded in the first pot. The other three pots are unseeded and countries are grouped together by location, with Australia expected to be in Pot 3 – along with the rest of the AFC and CONCACAF teams.
However, with some major International nations missing out on seedings, there is every chance of the Socceroos being drawn in a “Group of Death,” alongside host nation Brazil, Ivory Coast (Pot 2) and Netherlands (Pot 4). On the flip side, Australia could be handed a more favourable draw of Switzerland (Pot 1), Algeria (Pot 2) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (Pot 4).
Ahead of the draw, Bet365 have their top four favourites listed as: Brazil (4.20), Germany (6.00), Argentina (6.50) and Spain (7.00), while Australia are rank outsiders at 251.00.
However, regardless of your preferred selection, don’t wait too long to back them – as they’ll be sure to drop by the end of the week, if those countries are given favourable draws.
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