Opta make Brazil favourites to lift the World Cup.

Brazil are well-placed to become world champions for a record sixth time at Russia 2018

according to Opta’s World Cup Predictor.

Following Friday’s draw in Moscow, where Brazil were matched against Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E, Opta gave Tite’s side a 14.2 per cent chance of lifting the trophy and a 22.5 per cent chance of reaching the final.

Defending champions Germany are second favourites on 11.4 per cent, while Argentina (10.9) and France (10.5) are the only other teams found to have in excess of a 10 per cent chance.

Spain, winners in 2010, face neighbours Portugal in a mouth-watering Group B clash. Julen Lopetegui’s men are given a 73.6 per cent chance of getting out of the round robin stage, a figure that drops to 55.6 per cent for Cristiano Ronaldo and the European champions.

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