Brazil is one the favorites to dethrone Germany and take the 2018 World Cup. We recently covered how AI from Goldman Sachs ran through 1 million simulations of the tournament and found that Brazil will win. But it’s unclear how many of these simulations included Neymar being injured.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward was spotted wincing in pain after kicking a fooball during training drills. Neymar was fouled multiple times just three days earlier, during a 1-1 draw with Switzerland.
It’s highly possible that this is why he’s in pain now. He left Rostov Arena limping, but told the Independent that there’s nothing to worry about.
Brazilian fans have to be are worried, because the 26-year-old was injured in the 2014 Cup. This week, he was led off the pitch by medical staff after he looked in pain during training.
Neymar’s Injury would be Huge Concern for Brazil
The injuries seems to be piling up for Neymar. He just returned recently after fracturing a metatarsal while playing for PSG in last February’s Champions League.
This fracture forced Neymar to miss the remainder of the season. Seeing him holding the same right foot during practice in Sochi re-ignites the injury concerns.
Brazil Trying to Ease Fears Over Neymar
The Brazilian Football Association [CFB] has stated that Neymar “complained of ankle pains due to the number of fouls suffered against Switzerland.” They believe that he’ll continue his training again on Wednesday.
Of course, the CFB probably wants to put rumors to rest about any potential long-term injury. But it’s worth questioning when considering the rough time he had against Switzerland in the opener.
The Swiss set out to foul him whenever he had the chance to do anything. Neymar actually became the most-fouled player in the World Cup afterward.
Brazil’s 2018 World Cup Odds
Brazil’s next match is a Group E clash with Costa Rica on June 22 (Friday). They’ll be heavily favored against their lesser-talented CONCACAF opponent. But the gap could narrow without a healthy Neymar.
Here’s a look at our GTBets odds right now:
- June 22, 2018 at 8:00am EST
- Costa Rica +1.5 (+120); +1500 moneyline
- Brazil -1.5 (-154); -500 moneyline
- Draw +525
- Over 2.5 (-133)
- Under 2.5 (+105)
Brazil is currently favored to win Group E, despite drawing with Switzerland in their first match. Our GTBets futures currently offer the following Group E odds:
- Brazil -190
- Serbia +330
- Switzerland +330
- Costa Rica +5000
Again, it’s tough to bet on Brazil at the moment when considering that their star forward is hurt. But if Neymar is right and his injury is nothing to worry about, then they should have little trouble advancing to the knockout rounds.