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Simon Gott 5th Feb 2013 - 20:14

Ton up Cole to crush Brazil?


Wembley Stadium will host a piece of history on Wednesday when England (11/5) and Brazil (11/8, Draw 2/1) take to the pitch.

Ashley Cole (33/1 first/last, 12/1 antytime) has had his fair share of headlines over the years but this time it will be for all the right reasons if, as expected, he is awarded his 100th England Cap.  A stalwart of the England set up,  he first pulled a Three Lions jersey on way back in 2001against Albania; and he shows no sign of hanging up his boots just yet.  He will become the seventh England player to reach a century of appearances.

The game against Brazil is a warm-up for England's two World Cup qualifiers in March against San Marino and Montenegro and should be a chance for Manager Roy Hodgeson to tinker with the team.  "Experiment is not a word I really want to use. We're taking the game too seriously for me to even entertain the word experiment, but on the other hand it is a friendly match," said Hodgson.

England can't afford to take a team like Brazil lightly.  The 5 time World Cup winners have scored 20 goals in their last 4 matches and their record against England is phenomenal.  England's 13% win percentage over Brazil is their worst against any nation they have faced more than twice in international matches.  They have won just 3 of their 23 previous internationals against Brazil.  That said, 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).

The news that in-form men Daniel Sturridge and Jemain Defoe have both been forced to pull out of the squad will be a blow to Hodgeson, but should allow the England coach to blood a few of the other players.  Danny Welbeck (15/2 first/last, 9/4 anytime), who finished last year as England's top scorer in 2012, is fast becoming a regular in the national side and should play up front with Wayne Rooney (6/1 first/last 7/4 anytime). We also have a Headline offer on Rooney to score at anytime and England to win.  Enhanced from 7/2 to a huge 5/1.  There should be a place for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and we go (14/1 first/last, 11/4 anytime).

Brazil could see a surprise return for Ronaldinho after earning a recall for the first time in a year (8/1first/last, 11/4 anytime).

Santos forward Neymar has scored eight goals in his last six appearances for Brazil and to score in this one we are (9/2 first/last, 6/5 anytime).  We have an incredible Wincast offer on Hulk.  If the Zenit St Petersburg striker scores in a Brazil win we will give you odds of 4/1,enhanced from 16/5!

They were the last team to prevent England from scoring in a friendly match, beating them 1-0 in Doha in November 2009.  If you expect them to do it again we go (19/10) for Brazil to keep a clean sheet(5/2) for England to do the same.  Or if you go for Brazil to win to nil we offer 11/4.  For England to win to nil it's (19/5).

The Three Lions are without a win in eight against Brazil (D4 L4), with the late Bobby Robson the last England manager to oversee a victory against them back in March 1990 (1-0, Gary Lineker with the goal).   England to win 1-0 in this one is (8-1).

Brazil have only won two of their 10 games against England at Wembley, however, though six of these games have ended level.  Their recent record however against all teams looks more impressive.  They 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.


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