England have the Brazilians in a friendly international this wednesday, with the Brazilians more than capable of taking the victory, even though the game is just for bragging rights!
Best match odds:
One thing that seems likely is a tight game, but what do the Opta facts state?
- England have won just three of their 23 previous internationals against Brazil, drawing nine and losing 11.
- England’s 13% win percentage over Brazil is their worst against any nation they have faced more than twice in international matches.
- The Three Lions are without a win in eight against Brazil (D4 L4), with Bobby Robson the last England manager to oversee a victory against them back in March 1990 (1-0, Gary Lineker with the goal).
- This run of eight without a win against Brazil is also England’s longest current run without a victory against any side.
- Brazil have only won two of their 10 games against England at Wembley, however, though six of these games have ended level (two England wins).
- England have only lost two of their last 22 internationals in all competitions (W13 D7) and have only been defeated once in 12 under Roy Hodgson (W7 D4, including one defeat after penalties).
- England have scored at least one goal in all but one of their 31 internationals at the new Wembley, with Montenegro the only side to prevent them from scoring back in October 2010.
- Brazil were the last team to prevent England from scoring in a friendly match, beating them 1-0 in Doha in November 2009.
- Danny Welbeck, who finished last year as England’s top scorer, scored with all five of his shots on target for Roy Hodgson’s side in the year 2012.
- Brazil have won 15 and lost just two of their last 18 internationals (all friendlies), with both defeats coming in the space of a week back in June 2012 against Mexico and Argentina.
- Neymar has scored eight goals in his last six appearances for A Seleção.
England do not have the best record against Brazil. Despite the world ranking difference, we view the Brazilians are more of a team than the English have been for years. Under 2.5 goals is 17/20 with BetVictor, and knowing the game is pretty point less, and England’s style of keep games tight, you anticipate this could be a stalemate.
Backing total goal minutes is another market worth a look, with 888sport and Blue Square going 5/6 on 135 more or less. We will recommend less, as being an international is reasonable to say the game may not be eventful.
- Under 2.5 goals – 17/20 Betvictor
- Under 135 goal minutes – 5/6 Blue Square
- Time of 1st goal over 27 minutes – 21/20 BetVictor