With the Selecao missing their star man, Phil Kitromilides takes a look at some of the players who will be key and picks a 5/1 anytime scorer tip for the semi-final
The most talented, expensive and high-profile member of the squad was expected to lead the hosts to glory but, if they are to be crowned world champions for a sixth time, they will have to do it without the injured Barcelona forward and that is quite a challenge.
For a start, Neymar has scored four of Brazil's 10 goals in the tournament, with a solitary strike from Fred against Cameroon the only other goal netted by a Brazilian forward.
It means that whoever starts up front for Luiz Felipe Scolari's side will have to up their game and bet365 price Fred at 7/1 (8.00) to open the scoring at 11/4 (3.75) to score at any time.
Looking down the list of possible Brazilian scorers, he looks to be the most likely, if not the most gifted, with Hulk offered at 15/2 (8.50) to break the deadlock and forgotten man Jo available at 15/4 (4.25) to score at any time.
In truth, none of the Brazilian forwards inspire much confidence so, looking a little further back on the pitch - and, indeed, in the betting is advised - we find Willian and Oscar offered at 4/1 (5.00) and 5/1 (6.00)
respectively to score at any time.
Without Neymar, these two players will play a even more crucial role and it could be argued that they will the most technically gifted Brazilians on the pitch against Germany.
He is offered at a slightly bigger price and has already scored in the competition so Oscar looks like being the best option to net at any time.
Luiz Gustavo's return in the midfield will free up the Chelsea man from some of his defensive duties, allowing him to be more creative and venture forward more, which could well see us profit from this change of tactics.
If the match finishes 0-0 then bet365 will refund losing bets on pre-match first/last and anytime goalscorer markets as well as correct score, scorecast and half-time/full-time wagers which makes backing such a bet as this one an even more attreactive option.
|Oscar to score at any time at 5/1 (6.00) for a 1.0pt stake with bet365