Gareth Southgate has gone the way of promoting the inexperienced players for this duo of friendly matches, obviously assessing his options fully ahead of the World Cup in Russia next summer. In fairness to the youthful squad, they performed very well indeed as they hosted world champions Germany on Friday.
There were a few cagey moments, and defensively there is a lot of work to do, but they held Germany to a goalless draw and the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jordan Pickford put their name firmly in the running for a more regular spot in the England squad.
Since then Phil Jones has been ruled out with a thigh injury, whilst Lewis Cook and Dominic Solanke have both been called up by Southgate, who looks to extend England’s unbeaten streak to six matches in all competitions.
Brazil, unlike England, have named a very strong squad for their friendly matches. The talismanic Neymar is the star for the visitors, as the world’s most expensive player, whilst stars such as Gabriel Jesus, Casemiro, Thiago Silva, and Marcelo are also present. Phillipe Coutinho has also been declared fit after sitting out their 3-1 win over Japan.
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Neymar opened the scoring in that match from the penalty spot to take his tally to 53 goals in 82 appearances for Brazil. He has netted 11 goals in 12 games since moving to PSG, and you could do a lot worse than backing him to find the net again here.
Brazil have been a transformed side since Tite took over in June 2016. They were struggling along in the World Cup qualifiers and still reeling from their 7-1 hammering against Germany in the 2014 World Cup, but since Tite took charge they have qualified top of the World Cup qualifying group with ease and have now won 13 of their last 16 games.
The visitors have scored in all but two of these matches, and whilst England did contain Germany on Friday, I doubt they can do the same against Brazil here. Still, the Brazilians have conceded in three of their last five away games and face an England side who have only failed to score in one of their home matches since Euro 2016. Backing Both Teams to Score looks a great choice here, but in the end Brazil’s strong squad selection should see them through and a 2-1 win for them looks a good pick.
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