Neymar Limps Out of Training
Brazil began their campaign with a disappointing 1-1 draw against Switzerland and their hopes of picking up their first World Cup title since 2002 have been dealt a fresh blow with the news that Neymar may have suffered a recurrence of the foot injury which kept him sidelined for the majority of 2018.
The 26-year old was seen limping off the training field on May 19th, prompting fears that he could miss their second Group E game against Costa Rica. Three days earlier, he was routinely fouled by Valon Behrami in Brazil’s opening game of the 2018 World Cup but showed no side effects of Switzerland’s combative approach after the game.
Fans will be keeping a close eye on the Brazilian camp this week as medics assess the extent of Neymar’s injury.
Tite’s men will be expected to ease past Costa Rica and the experienced coach may opt to rest Neymar for this fixture on June 22nd. They start as 1.20 favourites with William Hill and should have few problems against their CONCACAF opponents. Costa Rica lost their opening Group E game 1-0 to Serbia.
Brazil aren’t short of options and the likes of Roberto Firmino and Douglas Costa will be hoping to get some game time at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. They hit 41 goals during qualifying and will be expected to make light work of the opposition. Brazil to win and Over 2.5 Goals is priced at 1.80 with William Hill and looks a realistic possibility, regardless of Neymar’s participation.
Tite’s side remain 5.00 favourites with Sports Interaction to win the tournament despite their stuttering start with Spain and France second and third in the betting.
Mo Salah Heading Home Prematurely
After a stunning debut season in the Premier League, Mo Salah was expected to make a similar impact at the 2018 World Cup but his stay in Russia looks set to be short. The winger wasn’t fit enough to face Uruguay in his side’s Group A opener, a game in which they were defeated 1-0 and despite getting on the scoresheet, he was then unable to prevent his side slipping to a 3-1 defeat against Russia.
The Liverpool star will have ample time to rest and recuperate ahead of the new Premier League season, which gets underway on August 11th.