Neymar May Miss Brazil’s Second Group E Clash
Brazil arrived in Russia amidst plenty of optimism and were priced up as the favourites for the 2018 World Cup but their chances of securing a first success in this competition for 16 years have been dealt a potential blow. Neymar Jr was seen limping off the training field on June 19th and the 26-year-old may be forced to miss their Group E clash with Costa Rica on June 22nd.
The talisman was seen hobbling away from the session and will be assessed by medics ahead of the match in St.Petersburg. He spent three months on the sidelines earlier this year owing to a foot injury which required an operation. He is believed to have complained about a pain in his ankle when stretching for a ball during a light training exercise and subsequently wasn’t able to participate for the remainder of the day.
Brazil are 1/5 favourites with bwin to beat Costa Rica and Neymar could feasibly be rested for this fixture. They were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their opening Group E game but this should be significantly easier. Their opponents were beaten 1-0 by Serbia in their first match and will be determined to bounce back. Many punters will be looking to find a little more value in this game and Brazil/Brazil on the HT/FT market can be backed at 19/29 with 888Sport, whilst Brazil to win to nil is priced at 5/8.
Brazilian fans will be anxiously awaiting further news on the extent of Neymar’s injury and they’ll be desperately hoping that the PSG player doesn’t suffer further World Cup heartache after missing the latter stages of the 2014 tournament with a back complaint.
Despite dropping points in their opening game, Brazil are still the 1/2 favourites with Boylesports to finish top of Group E, whilst Neymar remains the 6/4 favourite with 10 Bet to finish as their top goalscorer at the tournament.
Group H Throws Up Unexpected Results
Group H always looked a hugely competitive section and both of the opening games proved to be coupon-busters. Colombia, who were quietly fancied to progress to the latter stages of the competition saw themselves reduced to ten men after just three minutes and lost 2-1 to Japan, whilst Poland put in a below-par performance against Senegal and were defeated by the same scoreline.
It looks wide open and Senegal have been priced up as 11/10 favourites with William Hill to finish top with Japan priced at 13/8. Poland face Colombia in the second Group H game which could potentially eliminate one of these teams from the competition with one match left to play.