Brazil 2014 Qualification Draw – England handed comfortable passage

1st August 2011 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
Football World Cup News

England were handed a comfortable draw for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in the UEFA zone. Being one of the top seeds, England managed to avoid the dangerous floaters of both France and Russia in the draw, which saw them land in Group H along with Montenegro, Ukraine, Poland, Moldova and San Marino. Certainly there should not be anything there to strike fear into the England side, but they will again face Montenegro, who they are currently battling with in Euro 2012 qualification. The Ukraine could pose a tricky test, but top spot in the Brazil 2014 qualification group really has to be on the radar for England here. The draw could have been a lot tougher for them. England look set to lose the services of boss Fabio Capello after Euro 2012, so whoever steps into his shoes, should have a comfortable progress through the qualification process. Chelsea’s Frank Lampard has reportedly said that England will have a hard time winning the World Cup in Brazil 2014, even if they do qualify, so there’s not a lot of hope on the horizon apparently. But a new boss could spell a new era for England after 2012, with a lot of the older brigade like Lampard himself, possibly being put on the scrap heap to make way for the future. So what of the other home nations?

Scotland and Wales were drawn together in Group A, a group which will be a real test for them. Both of the home nations will no doubt raise their passions for their meetings, but with Croatia, Serbia and Belgium in the group, qualification is going to be hard for Scotland and Wales. With only the top team in each group guaranteed a spot at Brazil 2014, there is going to be an uphill battle for the Scots and the Welsh. The Republic of Ireland however, will be fancying the challenge ahead after being drawn in Group C along with Germany and Sweden. The group is likely to be a three way race between Ireland and those two, and with Germany going so strongly at the moment, Ireland will really have high hopes of scrapping it out with Sweden for the runners up spot. The best eight runners up from the nine groups will go into a play off. Northern Ireland will have their hands full in a very tough group, as they will have to fight with Portugal, Russia and Israel to try and get into the top two spots. That seems a little unlikely given the current standings of the nations involved here. So, mixed fortunes for the home nations in the UEFA qualification zone for Brazil 2014. The nations have a lot of work ahead, and first have to deal with Euro 2012 qualification and the main event before focusing on the world cup. England seem to have landed the best draw, therefore the best chance of making it to the finals. But what England will we see there?

Group A Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Scotland, Macedonia, Wales

Group B Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia, Malta

Group C Germany, Sweden, Republic of Ireland, Austria, Faroe islands, Kazakhstan

Group D Netherlands, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Estonia, Andorra

Group E Norway, Slovenia, Switzerland, Albania, Cyprus, Iceland

Group F Portugal, Russia, Israel, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg

Group G Greece, Slovakia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Lithuania, Latvia, Lichtenstein

Group H England, Montenegro, Ukraine, Poland, Moldova, San Marino

Group I Spain, France, Belarus, Georgia, Finland

2014 World Cup Winner Odds

Brazil:4/1 at Bwin

Argentina:11/2 at Bet365

Spain:7/1 at Unibet

Germany:11/1 at Stan James

Netherlands:14/1 at Bwin

England:20/1 at Stan James

Italy:20/1 at SkyBet

France:28/1 at William Hill

Portugal:33/1 at Bet365

Uruguay:40/1 at Totesport



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