Sky Bet: Brazil on the drift due to Neymar injury
By Tim Clement
Last Updated: 06/07/14 11:44am
Brazil have lost their favouritism to win the World Cup after star man Neymar was ruled out of the tournament.
The Barcelona forward suffered a back injury in his country's 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday, leaving Brazil with a lack of attacking firepower.
While the 22-year-old has netted four times at the finals, fellow frontmen Hulk and Fred have managed just a single goal between them.
Chelsea's Willian, Shakhtar Donetsk's Bernard and Atletico Mineiro's Jo are the alternative attacking options but have failed to find the net during the appearances as substitutes in Brazil.
Sky Bet have reacted to the news by pushing Brazil's outright odds out from 7/4 to 5/2 alongside Argentina, with Germany now 12/5 favourites.
Sky Bet's Chris Spicer said: "Much expectation was placed on Neymar heading into the World Cup and we had him only second to Lionel Messi in our top goalscorer betting, with it difficult to see where else the goals would come from.
"We've been thoroughly unimpressed by his fellow frontmen and are therefor now happy to oppose the hosts in our outright, with Germany and Argentina possessing far more potent attacking threats."