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World Cup odds in betting focus

The final huge blast of World Cup qualifying goes Tuesday and Wednesday with dozens of games affecting the fates of teams in Europe, South America and Africa.

World Cup odds run the full gamut this week between tight lines and one-sided action where Ukraine faces Europe’s worst side, San Marino.

The week is critical for Spain, England, France, Russia and Portugal, who are among the nations whose 2014 Brazil fates have not been decided as of yet.

Europe will send 13 teams to the World Cup, with nine group winners and then an eight-team playoff.

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Among the group winners, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and Italy are guaranteed trips to Brazil next summer.

Liechtenstein is a 40/1 longshot against Greece today, according to Bovada while Andorra is 50/1 against Hungary.

The Czech Republic against Bulgaria sees very close odds at Bet365 while Germany was a -165 favorite against Sweden, despite the fact the Germans can rest.

Poland is a +1200 underdog to England, but the Poles have proven a nemesis to the English over the decades.

In South America, Uruguay appears headed for a playoff again and they face Argentina today. Uruguay is favored as Argentina has already qualified.

Mexico is favored in an important clash with Costa Rica in CONCACAF while the Americans face Panama today as well.

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