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Brazil remains World Cup favorite

The host nation remain favorites to lift the World Cup trophy next year.
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Brazil was made a 3-1 favorite to win the 2014 World Cup it will be hosting.

The Brazilians remained at the same odds after Friday's draw as they held going into it. Argentina was next at 9-2, barely up from 5-1 odds, according to the professional oddsmakers Keith Glantz and Russell Culver. Germany was 5-1, followed by defending champion Spain at 7-1.

The odds for the United States, placed in a difficult group with Germany, Portugal (30-1) and Ghana (175-1) for the first round, rose from 60-1 to 150-1.

''We're excited,'' U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard said. ''We're looking forward to the challenge and we think we're a good team. We think we're a good team that can get better in a lot of areas. That's going to be the challenge for us and the motivation for us in the next six months.''

France, at 20-1, sneaked ahead of top seeds Uruguay (25-1) and Switzerland (100-1) in the odds. Other highly touted teams were Belgium (14-1) and Colombia (20-1). The longest odds are 1,500-1 for Costa Rica, Honduras and Iran.

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The Americans don't see themselves as long shots.

''We want to put ourselves in a position to get out of the group and that means getting points,'' Clint Dempsey said. '' I don't look at it like we're the underdog, I just look at it like we want to get points in every game. I still think that our team has the quality that if we play our best ball, we can get out of the group.''

Sky Bet Football Trader Chris Spicer added, "We had already priced up the various permutations for the draw and there was relatively little difference in our hypothetical England prices, with 20/1 the shortest we would have gone and 33/1 the odds if Hodgson's men were placed with Brazil, Netherlands and USA.

"While the group looks difficult, we haven't pushed England's price out too much given the second round draw is favourable, with Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan in Group C. Belgium and Germany are currently the best backed sides in our outright book with England attracting relatively little interest."

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