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Brazil, Argentina the betting favorites in eight-team World Cup

Brazil, Argentina have the best odds at winning the World Cup, according to a British gaming site
Costa Rica remains a longshot to win the World Cup, a British gaming site says

The U.S. is the latest team to exit the World Cup. And now there are only eight left, down from the original mix of 32.

So who’s going to win the FIFA World Cup Trophy in the tournament finale July 13?

According to the British gaming site Ladbrokes, the winner will be ...  host country Brazil, led by its 22-year-old star Neymar.

Here are the latest title odds going into the quarterfinals, which take place Friday and Saturday.

-- Brazil at 11-4 odds (it plays Colombia Friday, 1 p.m. PDT.).

-- Argentina, 7-2 (Lionel Messi is the star of the tourney so far with four goals plus a key assist Tuesday in his team’s win over Switzerland – and Argentina is on the opposite side of the bracket from Brazil).

-- Germany, 9-2 (which plays an old rival, France, Friday at 9 a.m. PDT.).

-- Netherlands, 9-2 (the Dutch have lost all three times they’ve reached the Cup final, including to Spain in 2010).

-- France, 8-1 (it has an athletic team and dominated Nigeria in the round of 16).

-- Colombia, 12-1 (three South American teams reached the elite eight).

-- Belgium, 12-1 (a dark horse on many lists before the tournament).

-- Costa Rica, 50-1 (the last remaining team from the U.S.’s qualifying group, CONCACAF).

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