Brazil’s first-choice centre forward has to be backed at massive odds
Perhaps the hosts will win the 2014 World Cup or maybe they will falter at the knockout stages, with Argentina, Germany and Spain all heading to Brazil to triumph in this tournament.
Either way, we know that the Selecao will score plenty of goals, especially during the group phase where Brazil will meet Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon. None of these teams are likely to trouble Luis Felipe Scolari’s team when it comes to topping Group A.
Neymar is the pin-up boy of the Brazil national side and the Barcelona forward has a tremendous goal ratio for his country, notching 33 goals in 48 games despite being just 22-years-of age.
The former Santos player will have his supporters at 14/1 with Sky Bet, although he was outscored in last year’s Confederations Cup by team-mate Fred and the value certainly lies with this reliable forward who is sure to get plenty of service from a midfield department which will include Chelsea trio Willian, Oscar and Ramires.
Frederico Chaves Guedes won the Silver Shoe last year, scoring twice against the Italians and the Spaniards which suggests that he can make hay against lesser opponents and the 30-year-old is a favourite of Scolari’s.
Fred has scored 62 goals in 96 appearances for Fluminense and his goal record for the national side isn’t too shabby either, with the striker being our main pick.
Diego Costa is another forward who was born in Brazil although the Atletico Madrid forward has controversially opted to represent Spain at the World Cup instead. You have to imagine that Vicente Del Bosque will make him first choice despite having only just made the switch, although the 25/1 about Costa is hard to pass up.
The 25-year-old has scored 35 goals in all competitions this term and has to be on the shortlist at such a hefty price, with star names such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Aguero passed over in favour of Costa.
So we have a 33/1 and a 25/1 chance against the field, while Karim Benzema is the third player to take at a massive 40/1. The Real Madrid man has 24 goals to his name this term and is the main man for a France team who have been handed a favourable group draw.
Benzema has a modest record with the French national team, although he is someone who can fill his boots for an attacking Les Bleus side, especially if Franck Ribery can dominate the midfield department and feed his team-mate.