Spain third favourites to retain World Cup crown.

Tags: Football World Cup

Published: 11:29 12/07/2010

Spain may be celebrating their first ever World Cup this morning but the bookmakers are not backing them to hold onto the trophy for long, with the 2010 champions installed as 7/1 third favourites to retain their title in 2014. Despite their extra-time victory over the Netherlands in Johannesburg, Spain are only third favourites to retain their title, with host nation Brazil best price 4/1 with SkyBet the favourites to emerge victorious in front of their home fans at the Maracanã on 13 July 2014. Argentina have been installed as second favourites at 6/1 best price with William Hill. Germany, who overcame Uruguay to claim third place in South Africa, lead the rest of the chasing pack at 12/1 whilst beaten finalists Netherlands are available at 14/1. Stan James are also best price on England winning in 2014 at 20/1. Aside from England, the Republic of Ireland hold the best change of a home nations victory, with their price ranging from a miserly 66/1 with SkyBet to 250/1 with bwin. Scotland are at 500/1 with Wales and Northern Ireland at 1000/1. Spain are however favourites to retain their European championship crown in 2012, with a best price of 9/2 on offer that Vicente Del Bosque’s men will triumph in Poland and Ukraine. Germany are close behind at 11/2 whilst the Netherlands are priced at 8/1, just ahead of England at 10/1.

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