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Brazil’s last scheduled friendly before the World Cup finals tonight as Dunga’s side tackle Ireland at the Emirates Stadium.
The five-times World Cup winners, Victor Chandler’s 5/1 second favourites, to land a sixth crown in South Africa, are naturally fancied to get the better of Giovanni Trapattoni’s troops, Totesport pricing them at 1/2 while Betfred post 3/1 against the draw and the Irish are 15/2 at bet365 to manage a memorable victory.
The latter initially looked appealing given that Ireland will enjoy the benefit of something approaching home advantage but the withdrawal of key figures Richard Dunne and Robbie Keane, they are significantly weakened at both ends of the field and Brazil can capitalise.
Ladbrokes’ 11/2 for them to bag the only goal of the game, as they did against England late last year, therefore appeals, although 888Sport’s 13/5 for Dunga’s charges to shade it by a one-goal margin is an enticing, less specific variation on that theme.
Returning to the UK following a loan switch to Santos meanwhile, a rejuvenated Robinho can figure prominently; he’s 11/2 with Paddy Power to break the deadlock and at the other end, depleted Ireland may struggle to find the net so a clean sheet for Brazil is worth considering at 16/5 (Partybets).
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