Brazil vs England – More Injury Woes for England

10th November 2009 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
Football World Cup News

Liverpool’s Glen Johnson is the latest player to miss out on the Brazil v England match in Qatar on the weekend. The full back picked up a niggling injury during Liverpool’s Monday night, hard fought draw in the Premier League against Birmingham. He joins the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, David Beckham, Aaron Lennon and Steven Gerrard on the sidelines, as England boss Fabio Capello’s frustrations must be growing. The Italian wanted to test his side against the best in the world and this was his chance, but now with what will likely be a second string back four apart from captain John Terry, it will be hard to gauge how they will stand up against the might of Brazil, after both teams had great qualifying campaigns.

Brazil, the five time winners of the World Cup, topped South American qualification, losing just two games out their 18. It is Sevilla’s striking star Luis Fabiano who the England defence will likely have the biggest job containing, with the striker netting 9 goals during qualification. The striker has now scored 25 times in 34 games for his country, what England would give for a forward like that to partner Wayne Rooney. Brazil have pretty much been joint favourites to win the World Cup in South Africa 2010 along with Spain. The Brazilians already have experience of what it is like to win in South Africa, as they claimed the 2009 Confederations cup with wins over Egypt, USA, Italy, South Africa, and the USA again in the final. The aforementioned Luis Fabiano netted five goals in five games for the South Americans.

Brazilian coach Dunga has called on Fabiano, along with Manchester City’s Robinho, Nilmar and the not always so incredible Hulk from Porto, who can look hit and miss. Brazil’s side is drawn in from all over the world at club level, with the likes of the mighty Kaka from Real Madrid, Alex from Spartak Moscow, Julio Baptista from Roma and Elano from Galtassary to name but a few in midfield. With Dani Alves, Juan and Lucio in defence, the Brazilians can create mischief from anywhere. For a lot of the England youngsters, it is a chance to fulfil some childhood dreams. The likes of James Milner, Stephen Warnock, Ashley Young and Darren Bent, it is a chance to make their mark against historically, one of the best International teams in the world. What dream of boyhood footballing glory, doesn’t include turning out for your country against Brazil. Unless you are Brazilian of course.

Even with England’s troops dropping like flies, there should be a good amount of optimism and enthusiasm ahead of the game for Capello’s men. It will be nice to see them put on a competitive show. Granted Capello won’t be able to field an ideal team, but it is a good chance to see how some fringe players perform and cope against Brazil.

Brazil to win: 5/4 at Paddy Power
Draw: 9/4 at Bet365
England to win: 9/4 at SportingBet

Battle of the Strikers:
Luis Fabiano anytime scorer: 15/8 at Coral
Wayne Rooney anytime scorer: 2/1 at 888Sport

Brazil Squad to Face England in Doha, Qatar: Goalkeepers: Júlio César, Doni. Defenders: Fábio Aurélio, Dani Alves, Michel Bastos, Naldo, Lucio, Maicon, Juan, Luisão. Midfielders: Lucas, Kaká, Carlos Eduardo, Josué, Gilberto Silva, Felipe Melo, Júlio Baptista, Ramires, Alex, Elano. Forwards: Robinho, Luís Fabiano, Nilmar, Hulk

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