England vs Brazil Betting Preview
England international friendlies often get overlooked by fans, especially during the middle of a hotly contested Premier League season, with managers wanting their best players to be protected from injury. However, this is no match against Armenia or San Marino, it is Brazil, and with that comes excitement. This will be the second time since the new Wembley Stadium was built that Brazil have come to play England and there is no doubt it’ll be a sell out once again. This will be the first of two games between the two nations this year as preparations for the 2014 World Cup begin.
England’s Recent Results:
Sweden 4-2 England (Welbeck, Caulker)
Poland 1-1 England (Rooney)
England 5-0 San Marino (Rooney (x2), Welbeck (x2), Oxlade-Chamberlain)
England 1-1 Ukraine (Lampard (pen))
England have struggled of late, winning just one of their last four matches, that coming against San Marino in October last year. Roy Hodgson’s first loss, excluding the penalty shoot-out loss against Italy in the Euro 2012 quarter-final, came in November against Sweden when Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four.
Hodgson will be without Sturridge, Defoe and Carrick for Wednesday’s game after they were ruled out by injury. Zaha, Shelvey and Sterling have all been left out to play in the U21 game against Sweden, leaving places for Rooney, Walcott and Welbeck who will hope to start.
The Manchester United duo of Rooney and Welbeck has been particularly impressive for the national team over the past few months. Rooney has scored three in his last two appearances for England whilst Welbeck has scored three in three. Rooney is best priced at 2/1 to score with Sporting Bet and Welbeck is 11/4 to score with Ladbrokes.
Brazil’s Recent Results:
Argentina 2-1 Brazil (Fred)
Brazil 1-1 Colombia (Neymar)
Japan 0-4 Brazil (Paulinho, Neymar (x2), Kaka)
Brazil 6-0 Iraq (Oscar (x2), Kaka, Hulk, Neymar, Lucas Moura)
Brazil head into this match having had an impressive year in 2012. Although hosting the 2014 World Cup has meant they haven’t played a competitive fixture since July 2011, they won 9 of their 13 matches including dominating wins over China, Iraq and Japan.
The Brazilians begin a tougher run of fixtures with Wednesday night’s game having scheduled matches against Italy, Russia and England once more before the Confederations Cup in June.
Luiz Felipe Scolari begins his second stint as Brazil manager and has named Ronaldinho in his squad, alongside the likes of Neymar, Hulk and Fred, as well as Chelsea stars Oscar, Luiz and Ramires.
Ronaldinho returned to the national team for the first time in over a year against Ghana last September and has since gone on to be an impressive force in the Brazil midfield once again. Ronaldinho could have a big impact on Wednesday and Sky Bet price him at 7/2 to score anytime.
England have not beaten Brazil since 1990 having lost four and drawn four of the last eight matches between the sides. That was also the last time England managed to keep a clean sheet against the South Americans. Both sides to score is best priced at 8/11 with Bet365, Coral, Sky Bet and William Hill.
Despite attacking styles from both teams, just two games between them have seen 3 or more goals since 1969. This would suggest a low scoring game and under 2.5 goals can be found at 17/20 with Bet Victor.
Both sides will be hoping for a victory to start off the new year of international football in style. However, games between the two teams have always been tightly contested and of the previous six draws all of them have finished 1-1. With a set of evenly matched teams on Wednesday, it would be no surprise to see this scoreline once more.
Prediction: England 1-1 Brazil – Best priced at 6/1 with Blue Square.
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