England v Brazil betting tips



The English FA are celebrating their 150th anniversary in 2013 and what better fixture for the Three Lions than a Wembley showdown against the most successful football nation in the world.

While England can lay claim to inventing the beautiful game, the Selecao have taken it to a new level and the 1970 World Cup-winning side regularly comes out on top of polls, with Pele and his team-mates stunning the planet with their victory in Mexico.

Predictably enough, Roy Hodgson has to deal with a number of withdrawals from the England squad for Wednesday night’s friendly, with Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick certain absentees after sustaining weekend injuries.

Daniel Sturridge also look doubtful with a dead thigh which means that Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck are the only recognised strikers left in the squad unless the manager opts to draft in replacements.

England are a best price 21/10 with Paddy Power to win this match and it will be a very strong team despite the absentees, with Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard likely to be paired together in the centre of the Three Lions midfield.

Both players have been in terrific scoring form recently, although there’s a preference for Lampard when it comes to backing First Goalscorer considering he’s likely to play further forward than the England captain. The Chelsea player can be backed at 12/1 (Sky Bet) and that looks a tasty price.

Luis Felipe Scolari is back at the helm as Brazil manager, having steered his national team to 2002 World Cup victory eleven years ago, with the former Chelsea manager recalling some famous names to the squad for this Wembley clash.

The home fans will be delighted to witness Ronaldinho earning his 95th cap for his country as Brazil aim to get warmed up in 2013 for a historic 2014 World Cup which takes place in their own country.

The visitors are an 11/8 chance (bet365) to claim victory on Wednesday night, although Scolari has not been back in the saddle for too long and many of his critics claim he’s an overrated coach whose 2002 success largely came down to an easy draw and the scoring form of Ronaldo.

Neymar is clearly the class act in the team and the Santos striker will be full of tricks for this particular match, while Luis Fabiano, Fred and Hulk are also powerful forwards who will cause the England defence a few problems.

Defensively, the Brazil team look short of experience aside from Dani Alves of Barcelona and it must be said that the Three Lions look overpriced considering that the visitors are embarking on a new journey under Scolari.