Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

WHOSE NEYM IS ONTHE CUP; Brazil or Germany Look Best Bets

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

WHOSE NEYM IS ONTHE CUP; Brazil or Germany Look Best Bets

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Byline: MRFIXIT PAUL JAIN@MRFIXITSTIPS

IT'S under a week to the World Cup kick-off and Russia 2018 promises thrills and spills in a tournament that looks wider open than usual.

Four years ago Brazil were battered 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals - now they're on course to meet in the Final.

Luiz Felipe Scolari was dumped after that humiliation and Tite has since been called up to save the day.

The Samba stars were the first side to book their place in Russia and the manager has united players and much is expected of them now Neymar has been passed fit.

In the outright betting three of the top four are European but most of Brazil's top stars play here.

Neymar will be their key man and his support act includes Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho, Chelsea's Willian, Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and Man City's Gabriel Jesus.

Their forward array of talent is exceptional and Germany can't match it but they're always there or thereabouts and Joachim Low will have them well primed to make another assault on the trophy.

Spain are third favourites at 6-1 with 188BET followed by the French who are 13-2 with bet365. Going by the betting the semi-finals should be France-Brazil and Spain-Germany.

Bookies dismiss almost everyone else with Argentina 10-1 at Paddy Power, Belgium 11-1 with William Hill and England seventh favourites but as big as 20s at BlackType.

Neymar is 12-1 second favourite behind Messi (11-1, betfair) to win the Golden Boot and he's likely to play more matches.

Cristiano Ronaldo (16-1, Betway) will hope to have a say but Portugal will struggle to repeat their Euro 2016 heroics and may not even come through the groups. If France go well Antoine Griezmann could be a contender but his price has crashed from 16-1 to a best 13-1 with Unibet while Germany's big goals hope is RB Leipzig flying machine Timo Werner at 20-1 with Unibet. …

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