The US sports betting sites odds favor Brazil to win the 2020 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar. No surprise there. What would it take for the Brazilians to not be heavily favored? Maybe a little something like this. Star Neymar limped out injured 12 minutes into Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Nigeria in a friendly match in Singapore on Sunday.
The Paris Saint-Germain player was making his 101st appearance for the national team. Suddenly, he touched the back of his left thigh as he left the field to be replaced by Philippe Coutinho. A team spokesman said Neymar “felt discomfort” and would be examined by PSG doctors once he returned to France. Globoesporte.com quoted the Brazilian squad doctor as saying the player was not in pain. The draw extended Brazil’s winless streak to four games.
Now, if something like this were more serious and happened closer to the World Cup, then maybe we’d have something. Maybe then the best online sportsbooks would not be so quick to jump on the Brazil bandwagon. Until then we will just have to keep our fingers crossed.
US Sports Betting Sites Odds to Win the 2020 FIFA World Cup
- Argentina +1250
- Austria +15000
- Belgium +1250
- Brazil +555
- France +650
- Germany +710
- Italy +1500
- Spain +760
France recently announced their roster for their upcoming 2020 European Championships qualifiers. However, a number of big-name players were left out. Including stars from Manchester United, FC Barcelona, and Real Madrid. The defending FIFA World Champions will play Moldova and Albania in the next international date. France has earned 19 points in the Euro 2020 qualification, but are placed behind Turkey in second place in their group.
Head coach Didier Deschamps has recalled Kylian ‘Mmmbop’ Mbappe and Benjamin Mendy, who was not included in the previous squad. On the other hand, Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and Real Madrid’s forward Karim Benzema were not taken into account by Deschamps. Perhaps he is saving them for the World Cup?
Blaise Matuidi will also miss the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Moldova and Albania. In his case, though, it is because of a broken rib cartilage, according to the midfielder’s club, Juventus announced on Monday.
“Blaise Matuidi will not participate in the National Team retreat with France after he withdrew from yesterday’s match against Milan,” the Italian champions said in a statement. “The midfielder today underwent an MRI scan today, which showed a fracture of the cartilage of the tenth rib.”
And speaking of injuries. Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz has been ruled out of Germany’s European Championship qualifiers as a result of a left thigh injury. The team said on Monday the 20-year-old Havertz tore a muscle in his thigh.
That was during the squad’s 2-0 win at Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga on Sunday. He will miss Germany’s matches versus Belarus in Mönchengladbach on Saturday and Northern Ireland in Frankfurt on Nov. 19. Leverkusen kept mum on how long it expects Havertz to be out of action.
He is the second player to drop out for Germany’s team after Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus suffered an ankle problem. Several players were not called to the squad by coach Joachim Löw because of injuries.
They include Niklas Süle, Leroy Sané, Julian Draxler, Antonio Rüdiger, Thilo Kehrer, Marcel Halstenberg and goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. Conversely, Matthias Ginter, Leon Goretzka, Jonas Hector and Nico Schulz all returned from injury. Germany is tied with the Netherlands atop of Group C.
Injuries can cause the US sports betting sites odds to change. However, any injured player still has plenty of time to recuperate. By the same token, there is still time for players who are healthy now to become injured. So pay attention to the news before you place a bet.