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Football tips: Best bets for England v Brazil

21 Mar | BY Rob Eddy | MIN READ TIME |
Football tips: Best bets for England v Brazil

Our selections for the Selecao's visit to Wembley include a win for the Three Lions and multiple goals in the first half.

This summer’s European Championship finals in Germany are becoming ever nearer and England will bid to fine tune their preparations against Brazil and Belgium over the coming days.

A Wembley date with the Selecao is first up for the Three Lions and Gareth Southgate’s men are expected to start the countdown to the Euros on a winning note.

Best bets

England to win /
Phil Foden anytime goalscorer /
1 or 2 first-half goals (MultiGoals) /

Three Lions to roar at national stadium

There is now less than three months to go before England begin their bid to be crowned European champions for the first time.

And they will head to Germany this summer full of confidence after another comfortable qualifying campaign and with an abundance of burgeoning talent in excellent form.

Admittedly, England were not at their best in their final two Euros qualifiers but they had virtually assured themselves of top spot prior to the final round of fixtures so there wasn’t as much pressure as could have been the case.

Southgate and his team will want to make a statement against Brazil, though, and you have to go back to October 2020 to find the last time England lost inside 90 minutes at Wembley.

England have been victorious in each of their last five matches at the national stadium, and they can make it six against a Brazil side nowhere near as fearsome as some of their sides of yesteryear.

Foden can replicate club excellence

The attacking options available to Three Lions boss Southgate are arguably the envy of Europe and perhaps even the world at present.

Southgate has such an array of talent in forward areas that picking who will line up either side of skipper Harry Kane in Germany this summer is going to cause him more than a few potential headaches.

But Manchester City star Phil Foden is certainly making a tremendous case for his inclusion from the start at the Euros final and he could continue his exceptional club form on the international stage in the next few days.

Foden’s club boss, Pep Guardiola, believes the 23-year-old is the best player in the Premier League at present and it’s hard to argue with the Spaniard when considering Foden’s output for last season’s treble winners.

Foden has already scored 11 Premier League goals this season, the same as he managed in the entirety of last term, and has provided a career-high seven assists in the top flight.

He has contributed a further four goals and three assists in this season’s Champions League and at 11/4 he looks to have been seriously underestimated to get on the scoresheet against Brazil.

Bank on early goals

Brazil boss Dorival Junior has named 11 uncapped players in his squad to face England and Spain this week, while only six of his 26-man selection have played 20 or more internationals.

Saturday’s visitors to Wembley are especially lacking in experience at the back, with only Danilo (54 caps) representing Brazil on more than three occasions.

That could lead to some early chances at Wembley and it could be worth taking a punt on there being either one or two goals scored inside the opening 45 minutes.

There have been either one or two first-half strikes in seven of England’s 10 matches since the 2022 World Cup.

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