World Cup 2014 hosts Brazil are currently 10/3 favourites in the betting for the tournament, a price which seems to conveniently overlook the fact that they lack a world-class striker to place at the head of their formation.
Robinho is the sole centre-forward in real contention for a World Cup place that plays outside Brazil.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester City man has notched just 10 goals for AC Milan since the beginning of the 2011/12 season despite making 60 appearances for the club during that period.
Fred has at least maintained a strong scoring record in Brazil having scored in excess of 30 goals in all competitions for Fluminense in each of the last two seasons.
However Jo, who has often acted as the former Lyon man’s understudy, has been in somewhat more modest form, scoring 28 times in 75 appearances since moving to Atletico Mineiro in 2012.
Diego Costa is currently outscoring Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in La Liga.
The one player the Selecao could lay claim to as one of the best strikers in the world right now, Costa has all but nailed his international colours to the Spanish mast.
With the Brazilian FA calling for his citizenship to be revoked on the back of that rebuff he’s hardly likely to be making a u-turn in the near future.
Each of the remaining nations in the top nine of the World Cup 2014 betting have at least one top striker.
Germany can call upon World Cup expert Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez, Argentina have Lionel Messi and Spain have Alvaro Negredo, Fernando Torres and Costa.
Meanwhile Belgium have the luxurious quandary of working out whether to pick Romelu Lukaku or Christian Benteke, Italy have Mario Balotelli, the Netherlands can name Robin van Persie, England boast Wayne Rooney while Colombia have Radamel Falcao.
Even 33/1 shots Uruguay have forwards of the quality of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez to call upon, making the hosts’ attacking stocks seem doubly depleted.