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England v Brazil preview and betting tips: Samba stars eyeing routine Wembley win

Jamie Shaw in Football 13 Nov 2017
Neymar of Brazil reacts (credit: Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

A star-studded Brazil aim to teach England a footballing lesson when they travel to Wembley for a friendly international on Tuesday night.

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Five-time World Cup winners Brazil are in the midst of a blistering run of form and are looking to inflict England's first defeat on home soil since March last year.

Tite's side are competing against a European nation for the first time since March 2015 and are looking to build up a head of steam prior to next summer's World Cup - where they are already being touted as favourites by some bookmakers.

FIFA ranked number two, Brazil flew through the CONMEBOL qualifying group, embarking on a 17-match unbeaten run after losing their opening fixture to Chile.

Head Coach Tite has a new golden generation of players at his disposal, including Marquinhos, Paulinho, Marcelo and front two Neymar and Gabriel Jesus - who have both been in outstanding form at club level and appear to be carrying it onto the international stage.

England, meanwhile, are aiming to build on an encouraging display against Germany last Friday, in which they held the reigning World Champions to a goalless draw but created enough chances to have potentially won the game late on.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is expected to start (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
In the absence of a host of regular starters, Gareth Southgate handed chances to a number of inexperienced squad members last time out and his faith was repaid in most cases.

The manager has been forced to dip into the U21 squad for players this week after losing more initial squad members to injury; goalkeeper Angus Gunn, Dominic Solanke and Lewis Cook have all been given their first senior call-ups.

Phil Jones is unlikely to be risked after suffering a thigh injury in the draw with Germany, with Gary Cahill expected to return as a result.

Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford are expected to lead the line for the hosts, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek retaining his place in midfield alongside the likes of Ashley Young and Jake Livermore.

Brazil were 3-1 winners over Japan in France last week and are likely to be close to full-strength again for this glamour fixture, with Neymar, Jesus, Willian and Philippe Coutinho all in line to start.

England have lost just one of their last four meetings with Brazil over the past decade and notably claimed a 2-1 win the last time the two sides met at Wembley four years ago.

However, the Three Lions have failed to win in their last four friendly internationals against higher-ranked opposition and could find this test a bridge too far given the lack of experience 

Free-scoring Brazil have netted four or more goals in six of their last eleven friendlies away from home and will be keen to exploit England's vulnerable back line.

Though England have traditionally proved tough to break down at Wembley, it's difficult to envisage anything other than a defeat for Southgate's side here, with Manchester City striker Jesus well-fancied to get himself on the score-sheet.

The match kicks off at 8pm GMT on Tuesday November 14 and will be shown live on ITV 1.

Top recommended bets:


Brazil to win @ 8/11 with Ladbrokes

Gabriel Jesus anytime goalscorer @ 11/8 with Paddy Power


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