Big Match Breakdown: England v Brazil
Old foes face-off tonight
England will be looking to build on last Friday’s solid 0-0 draw with Germany when they host Brazil at Wembley this evening.
Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate placed a focus on youth against Die Mannschaft and could do so again against the Selecao tonight.
Investigating that and more, the Coral News Team bring you yet another big match breakdown…
England and Brazil may not have met in a competitive match for 15 years, but they’re no strangers to facing each-other in friendly encounters.
This will be the fifth meeting between the two nations since 2007. The Three Lions have won one of those – goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard enough for the spoils at Wembley in 2013.
More recently the pair shared a 2-2 draw at the Maracana in preparation for the 2014 World Cup. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cancelled out Fred’s opener that night before Rooney gave England the lead with 10 minutes left to play. However, it wasn’t to be for Roy Hodgson’s men as Paulinho struck with eight minutes remaining to level the game at 2-2.
Of the 22 starters that night, only six are in contention to play this evening.
The Likely XIs
Gareth Southgate is likely to make changes as the England manager continues to experiment with his youthful side ahead of next summer’s tournament in Russia. Joe Hart should return in place of Jordan Pickford, while Southgate also has options up-front including Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.
The full-back areas could also see changes, while the trio of Angus Gunn, Dominic Solanke and Lewis Cook will all be hopeful of game time after receiving call-ups over the weekend.
For the visitors, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is expected to return after missing last week’s victory over Japan. He should come in for Willian to join a front-three alongside Gabriel Jesus and Neymar.
Brazil boss Tite could also tinker with a talented defensive unit that contains the likes of Dani Alves, Marquinhos and Manchester City’s Danilo.
England’s biggest test tonight will be dealing with Brazil’s attacking trio. Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar are three of the world’s best attacking players and should provide the Southgate era Three Lions with their most stringent test yet.
If the game unfolds with the visitors on the front foot, then the hosts will also be able to assess their effectiveness on the break. With pace on the flanks and up-front, Brazil provide the perfect opponents for England to play their natural game in a style more akin to the Premier League.
Expect the midfield duo of Eric Dier and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to provide a crucial midfield pivot up against Paulinho and the hugely impressive Casemiro.
England have only lost once at Wembley since late 2013. That makes the Three Lions appealing on the Double Chance at 20/23. However, if you think the hosts can win outright then you can get 16/5 on Southgate’s men to prevail over 90 minutes. Brazil are odds-on at 3/4 to claim the spoils, while the draw is 12/5.
Friday night’s 0-0 draw with Germany was the first time that England have failed to score at home in 19 matches. With goals expected this evening from two attacking sides, the Coral News Team like the look of 8/11 for Both Teams to Score.
And in terms of goalscorers, Neymar is the 11/10 favourite to net anytime. Meanwhile, Jesus is 5/4 and Coutinho 23/10. Southgate’s side will be looking to Jamie Vardy at 21/10 to open the scoring, and Rashford, who is slightly longer at 23/10.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing