Goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard either side of the interval, set England up for a 2-1 triumph when they last faced Brazil, at Wembley as recently as February, but the Selecao are tipped to gain revenge as the pair renew hostilities in another friendly contest – this time in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium.
The hosts, warming up for the start of the Confederations Cup in a couple of weeks time, are odds-on favourites at 4/6 with bet365 to get the better of Roy Hodgson’s charges, Paddy Power’s 9/2 outsiders on the back of Wednesday’s disappointing draw with Ireland and it’s 14/5 courtesy of Skybet to finish all square.
The pair’s last stalemate came almost exactly six years ago to the day and on that day the scoreline was one-apiece, just as it was in midweek; a repeat of that result is a 13/2 chance at Stan James. Alternatively, it’s 4/5 (Ladbrokes) for both teams to find the net, as has been the case in four of the last five meetings while BetVictor offer 11/2 about both halves being inconclusive.
England supporters seeking to back Hodgson’s men with the aid of a little insurance can opt for BetVictor’s 31/10 posted against the ‘Three Lions’ in the ‘draw-no-bet’ market and bet365 rate the visitors at 5/4 to avoid defeat.
For the more optimistic, BetVictor price England at 17/1 to manage another 2-1 triumph, they’re 17/2 (Stan James) to be in front at the end of each half and Wayne Rooney is also 17/2, this time at bet365, to break the deadlock, as he did when the teams faced-off four months ago.
However, the Three Lions really didn’t particularly shine against the Irish so realistically they’re hard to side with here, especially as many of Hodgson’s players are probably dreaming of their holidays, and after they struggled to break down Giovanni Trapattoni’s team, it would be no surprise if they failed to breach the Brazil defence.
A victory ‘to nil’ for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men at 2/1 (betway) is one of the most eye-catching quotes then and at the other end, Skybet offer 9/2 about Neymar celebrating his Barcelona switch by notching first.