The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is approaching and the draw has been made. And after every World Cup draw, a debate ensues as to which group is deemed the "group of death." Quickly many proclaimed Group B, with Spain and the Netherlands to be the one, but our analysis shows that in fact Group G is this tournament's deadliest. Let us know your thoughts.

Thirty-one of the 32 teams in the World Cup qualified for the finals by competing in regional tournaments held within six Fifa continental zones (as the host country, Brazil qualified automatically). Twenty-three of Fifa's 24 top-ranked countries have made the final field.

Which team has the hardest schedule in the group stage?

(ordered by FIFA rankings)
Strength of each team's group stage schedule

Australia were handed the most difficult set of matches, and the USA weren't very far behind with the third toughest schedule, pitting American coach J├╝rgen Klinsmann against Germany for a final group-stage match. England have the 10th hardest schedule, beginning the tournament against perennial powerhouses Italy.

Stronger Schedule
Weaker Schedule
Average strength of each group

Despite being widely recognized as the "group of death," Group B has lower average ranking points than Group G. Number 59 ranked Australia are the weakest team in the tournament and brought down Group B's overall average, while Group G has more parity, with number two ranked Germany at the top and number 24 ranked Ghana at the bottom.

Group Averages
GROUP G, Avg. 1090 pts
USA and Ghana will be fighting to survive against heavyweights Germany and Portugal.
GROUP B, Avg. 1048 pts
Spain and the Netherlands will play a rematch of the 2010 final, while Australia look to be done before it's even started.
GROUP D, Avg. 1008 pts
England face a tough draw against Euro 2012 finalists Italy, and Uruguay, the semi-finalists in the 2010 World Cup.
GROUP C, Avg. 953 pts
Led back to footballing prominence by star forward Radamel Falcao, Colombia have qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1998.
GROUP A, Avg. 894 pts
Hosts Brazil are expected to top the group, and Mexico get a relatively good draw after almost missing out on qualification.
GROUP E, Avg. 887 pts
Switzerland have been playing well recently, going 15 matches with only one loss, but France should like their chances against this lot.
GROUP F, Avg. 874 pts
Argentina should coast into the knockout rounds with the weakest schedule of matches in the group stages.
GROUP H, Avg. 836 pts
The weakest group in the tournament should see the rising international stars of Belgium easily through to the next round.
Strength of each match

It's no surprise that Spain versus the Netherlands is the strongest individual match in the group stages, but USA have two matches in the top seven and England have two in the top 10.