The 2014 World Cup is now at least two games old for all of its competitors, but not one of the traditional powerhouses have managed to post two consecutive compelling performances.
With the likes of the Netherlands (10/1), Chile (18/1), Colombia (28/1) and Costa Rica (66/1) boasting perfect records heading into the final game of the group stage, the chances of the tournament’s second successive first-time winner is looking increasingly likely.
Below we offer up our reasons to be unconvinced about the first four in the World Cup outright betting.
Enough to make you consider backing a new name on the trophy at 11/5?
The Selecao used up a hearty portion of good fortune in squeezing past Croatia, with scuffed shots, disallowed goals and woeful penalty decisions playing their part.
As much was evident in their second Group A game, when lacked the necessary guile to unlock Mexico.
At home they may be, but Neymar and friends are workmanlike, lacking a goal threat at centre-forward and creativity in midfield.
A hammering of ten-man Portugal was enough to see them usurp Brazil at the top of the betting, but Paulo Bento’s men have done plenty to knock that form since, arguably deserving to lose to the USA.
Ghana then utterly exposed Die Mannschaft on the counter attack and could have beaten them but for some poor decision making in the final third.
Two moments of Lionel Messi magic have kept them on course, but much like Belgium their glaring lack of attacking cohesion means that they face a demoralising grind if they are to lift the cup.
Arguably the only front-runner to impress in both their games, wins over Honduras and Switzerland nevertheless need to be taken with a hefty pinch of salt.
The already inferior Hondurans had a man sent off in the act of giving up the penalty that gave Les Bleus their first goal.
Meanwhile, although Switzerland should have given them a more trustworthy credential exam, keeper Diego Benaglio was badly at fault for two soft goals.
A comical Philippe Senderos air shot set up another strike, doing plenty to take the shine off that wide-margin victory.