England v Brazil Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 13, 2017
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Brazil are England’s second glamour opponents and the second of the two favourites for next summer’s World Cup to face the Three Lions. It’s a big challenge for Gareth Southgate’s side, which has a second-choice look about it after a few withdrawals.
England have only ever beaten Brazil four times but have lost 11 of the 25 meetings. Frank Lampard scored the winner on Brazil’s last visit to Wembley in 2013 with the most recent meeting ending 2-2 in Rio later that year.
Having already given many youngsters a chance against world champions Germany last week Southgate’s aim to inject his squad with new blood has seen him call up Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke, Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook and Angus Gunn, the Manchester City goalkeeper currently on loan to Norwich City.
Southgate is without Manchester United defender Phil Jones who has returned to his club after being injured against Germany. Chelsea’s Gary Cahill is likely to replace Jones.
Brazil look like being without Liverpool schemer Philippe Coutinho whose groin strain ruled him out of Friday’s win over France but the South American stars aren’t short of big names, starting with the world’s costliest player Neymar.
England v Brazil Preview and Predictions
England are 10/3 to win, Brazil are 10/11 with the odds of a draw being 139/50
Brazil beat Japan 3-1 in France on Friday with Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus on the mark along with Marcelo and Neymar, who converted one of his two penalties. Goodness know what you would have to pay for a player who scored both?
Southgate should be using games like this to hone his side for the World Cup as there are few opportunities to work on his side before the tournament. However injuries and squad withdrawals have let Southgate’s plans in tatters and he is turning to players more likely to play in the 2022 World Cup than the 2018 version.
Late additions Solanke and Cook could feature though surely Gunn is there to make up the numbers. England always need goals and Solanke was top scorer as England won the Under 20 World Cup this summer, when Cook emulated Bobby Moore in lifting a World Cup for England.
England’s young legs could be vital as the Three Lions have to deal with the searing pace of the Brazilians who were far too quick for Japan on Friday.
Gabriel Jesus to score first at 4/1
The Manchester City man has eight goals and four assists in his last 12 internationals and the incentive of scoring against the nation where he now plies his trade.
Marcus Rashford to score first at 8/1
Used as a sub against Germany Rashford may get a start this time and is a player with the golden touch and a taste for the big occasion.