With Brazil likely to feel the pressure of hosting the World Cup, Argentina are tipped to lift the trophy in the Tournament Outright market.
Selecao are tournament favourites with most firms and can be backed at no bigger than 3/1 with the likes of Bet365 and Ladbrokes which looks a little short, but there is a case for taking odds of 4/1 about Argentina with William Hill.
Brazil's expectant fans were less than appreciative of a narrow 1-0 win over Serbia in their last warm-up match when Luiz Filipe Scolari's side were booed off the park at the interval. If things don't go exactly to plan, nerves from the crowd will affect performances on the pitch, so being the hosts is not always an advantage. This is something Brazil know all to well as they were beaten finalists in 1950 the last time they staged the competition.
Brazil are unlikely to encounter much resistance in Group A, but they will probably face a tricky Second Round tie against either Spain, Netherlands or Chile and with this Brazil squad looking like a shadow of some of their famous teams in the past, odds of 3/1 are short enough to leave well alone.
The prospect of winning a third World Cup title in their neighbour's back yard will have Argentina fired up and they should be well into their stride after three relatively easy Group F matches. Even if one of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero or Gonzalo Higuain pick up an injury, Argentina will still have two world-class strikers at their disposal and their strength in depth will see them go far in the tournament.
A probable tie with either Switzerland or Ecuador in the last 16 won't hold any fears and if the groups play out according to the current odds, then a quarter final date with either Portugal or Belgium looks likely. Argentina have enough about themselves to at least make the last four where they will probably meet another European nation and will therefore be at an advantage with their familiarity to the South American climate. Brazil could well be waiting in the final if coping with the pressure, but should the hosts stumble along the way then expect Argentina to lift the trophy on July 13th.