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All South American teams make it out World Cup groups is 7/1

| 05.06.2014

Coral’s World Cup countdown is down to just one week punters! Today’s special bet offers odds of 7/1 on all six South American nations qualifying from their respective groups.

Tournament hosts and favourites Brazil lead this CONMEBOL contingent, who are all priced evens or shorter individually to advance to the knockout phase, so that alone should illustrate why this is such sensational value.

Phil Scolari’s Samba Boys and neighbours Argentina are both massively odds-on at 1/25 apiece to come through their respective pools. Brazil battle Cameroon, Croatia and Mexico in Group A, while Lionel Messi and company must contend with first-time qualifiers Bosnia and Herzegovina, African champions Nigeria and Iran.

The talent in Samba Boy ranks and available to Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella is sufficient to sweep these challengers aside. No shock is even remotely likely in Brazil’s pool or Group F.

Chile, with their all-out attack philosophy, should make the last 16 and are odds-on at 8/11 to do so. Although drawn with World Cup holders Spain, beaten finalists in 2010 the Netherlands and no-hopers Australia, Jorge Sampaoli’s side can take full advantage of a Clockwork Orange defence selected by Louis van Gaal that is naïve on this global stage.

Two-time former winners Uruguay finished fourth in South Africa last time out, so know they have all the attributes to negotiate the early rounds. Oscar Tabarez has kept faith with the bulk of his La Celeste squad from four years ago so, despite the fact they have aged, there is no substitute for experience.

It is a commodity England boss Roy Hodgson and Italy coach Cesare Prandelli have overlooked for Group D. These nations are Uruguay’s main opposition in a pool that also contains Costa Rica. La Celeste remains odds-on to advance at 8/15.

Colombia, 1/4 to make it out of Group C, lost leading marksman in qualifying Radamel Falcao, because he couldn’t realistically recover from the knee injury sustained in January so soon, but have a plethora of other impressive options in attack.

The likes of Carlos Bacca (Sevilla) and Jackson Martinez (Porto) are more than ready to step into scoring shoes here. Colombia’s pool is one of the weakest at the Brazil finals, as it also includes defensively-minded Greece, an ageing Ivory Coast outfit and a Japan team in transition.

Speaking of easy groups on paper, that brings us last, and by no means least, to Ecuador. The side, captained by Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia, are even-money to progress from a pool that sees them play France, who have omitted some major names; Switzerland, a side renowned more for defending than attacking; and relative minnows Honduras.

Taking all this into consideration, all six competing nations from South America making the last 16 really looks like Coral’s best bet in the run-up to the World Cup. Check back tomorrow as our countdown rolls on.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.