England aiming for World Cup boost against Brazil

Gareth Southgate's England side will take on Brazil at Wembley on Tuesday night

The Tipster
By The Tipster
Jordan Henderson with his England team-mates Photo: Jordan Henderson / Instagram

England head into Tuesday’s international friendly against Brazil aiming to follow up last week’s promising performance against Germany.

Gareth Southgate’s much-changed side gave a good account of themselves against the current World Cup holders, deservedly securing a 0-0 draw at Wembley on Friday.

Brazil will undoubtedly be another tough test for England and bookmakers rate the South Americans as 4/5 favourites to win the game.

Southgate’s side are priced at 7/2, with the draw on offer at 11/4, but there’s plenty of reasons to think that Brazil will prove too strong.

The England boss has been forced into more changes to his squad, with defender Phil Jones pulling out after picking up a thigh injury against Germany.

Dominic Solanke and Lewis Cook have been called up, with Jones joining Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Jack Butland, Gary Cahill, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph on the sidelines.

Bournemouth midfielder Cook and Liverpool striker Solanke have joined up with the senior squad having previously been on duty with the Under-21s.

Brazil played a strong side against Japan and both Philippe Coutinho and Dani Alves are available to further strengthen head coach Tite’s options.

Slack finishing and some top drawer saves by Jordan Pickford helped England’s cause against the Germans and it’s difficult to see Brazil being as wasteful.

The last time England and Brazil met was back in 2013 when they faced each other twice. England took a 2-1 home win, although that victory was the first time they had beaten Brazil since 1984.

The two sides also played out a 2-2 draw at the Maracana Stadium, so the 8/11 on offer for both teams to score on Tuesday could be worth an interest.

Bookmakers are offering 12/1 for England to repeat their 2-1 victory on Tuesday, although a win for Brazil by the same scoreline at odds of 7/1 seems the more likely outcome.

Jamie Vardy is England’s shortest price option at 11/2 to grab the opening goal, but check out all the first goalscorer odds here before wagering on the game.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was named man of the match on his senior England debut against Germany, after producing a composed performance in central midfield.

With the Brazilians generally playing a more open game than the Germans, the 21-year-old may be worth backing at 7/2 to score anytime during Tuesday’s match.

Brazil’s recent form highlights the size of the task facing England at Wembley. Friday’s 3-1 victory over Japan took their record to 13 wins and two draws from their last 16 matches and they’ll fancy their chances of extending that run this week.

Strike duo Neymar and Gabriel Jesus are the envy of nations around the world and the pair are heavily fancied to hit the target against England. Neymar is priced at Evens to score anytime, with Jesus second in the betting at 11/10. Both players were on the scoresheet against Japan.

Brazil have bagged at least three goals in five of their last seven matches, although Japan’s goal on Friday highlighted that their defence can be breached.

With that in mind, the 5/2 on offer for both teams to score and Brazil to win could pay dividends. However, England did lack a cutting edge against Germany and odds of 9/4 for Brazil to win to nil also look tempting.

Tuesday’s game could affect the outright betting for the 2018 World Cup. Brazil are currently 6/1 second favourites behind Germany who are priced at 5/1.

England are available at 22/1 and a positive result against Brazil might tempt punters into thinking they can enjoy a successful World Cup campaign in Russia.

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