England play Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday 6th February after just a couple of days preparation for the visit of one of the most decorated football nations on the planet, and hosts of the 2014 World Cup.
England manager Roy Hodgson has been hit with a number of withdrawals since the squad was announced last week including injured trio Jermaine Defoe, Michael Carrick and Daniel Sturridge. Only 11 England players trained on Monday morning but players involved in the Sunday Premier League matches were given a warm down session.
Brazil have Luis Felipe Scolari back in the manager seat for a second spell and Ronaldinho and Neymar have both been named in his squad for the Wembley visit as well as the likes of Hulk, Lucas Moura, Chelsea duo Oscar and Ramires and QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
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The South American outfit are preparing to host the World Cup in 2014 and will look to gate crash the Football Associations 150 year anniversary celebrations at Wembley on Wednesday and given the depleted squad at Roy Hodgson’s disposal it could be worth siding with the visitors. Brazil’s old problem of a lack of any ambition to defend has now passed and in Thiago Silva and Dante, they have two of, if not the best central defenders in the world at the moment so Wayne Rooney and company will certainly have their work cut out in over-powering the Brazilian back-line.
England have scored in 21 of their last 22 matches so both teams to score (4/5 Stan James) could be considered banker material in the betting given that Brazil have scored in their last 11 away friendly fixtures (winning nine).
Neymar is a player that everyone will want to watch, he is a real enigma and the most talked about player outside of the European football scene despite the majority of European football fans only hearing about his goals and sublime skill, rather than actually watching it live. He is 5/1 (Betway) chance to score first and 6/4 (Paddy Power) to score anytime in the 90 minutes.
Both Teams to Score – 4/5 with Stan James
Neymar to score first – 5/1 with Betway
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