England vs Brazil Betting – Lampard Latest Casualty for Capello

13th November 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

There has been much to sway the England v Brazil betting ahead of the game on Saturday. In what is rapidly deteriorating into an England A side at this rate, Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is the latest casualty to fall by the wayside for the England v Brazil match in Qatar on Saturday. The star midfielder, one of the pivotal fulcrums of the team, will miss the match because of an injury to his thigh picked up in training. That leaves England boss Fabio Capello with a midfield which does not consist of a Steven Gerrard, a Frank Lampard, an Aaron Lennon, A Joe Cole or a David Beckham. The most probable candidate to fill in for the injured Lampard will be Manchester United’s Michael Carrick, who is unlikely to offer that same spark going forward that Lampard brings to a team.

Meanwhile, because of the injury crisis at full-back after Liverpool’s Glen Johnson pulled out of the squad too, it is understood that the England management approached Aston Villa’s Luke Young about his status. The offer was politely declined though, as Young has apparently retired from International duties, only having played for his club once since August following the death of his brother in August. All of these injuries are somehow taking away some of the glitz and glamour of the fixture, with respects to seeing how England’s elite would cope against an elite team. With all of the withdrawals, it should at least give Capello the chance to have a good second-half look at some of the youngsters in the squad, like Joleon Lescott, Gary Cahill, Stephen Warnock, Ashley Young and Tom Huddlestone.

Not surprisingly, betting for the England vs. Brazil fixture is seeing a lot of money go on Brazil. The South Americans, who were invited as the first team to play at the new Wembley in 2007, apparently wanted a return fixture, and Qatar were ready to stump up some money to host this fixture. While the Premier League managers are probably not happy about their stars having to travel to the middle-east to play an international friendly heading into the winter months of the domestic scene, it is at least a shorter journey for them, than if the fixture was in Brazil. This is a lucrative deal for Brazil, with Qatar also getting their name on the footballing map by hosting some of the biggest stars in the world. However, most of England’s stars have now fallen by the wayside as the list of injured players grow. It is exactly scenarios like this which sway odds. To cover such events, this is where an England Draw No Bet: 13/8 at Paddy Power equals a nice punt.

So what do all the injuries leave in terms of team selection for England? Let’s take a look. Rob Green will be in goal, with a back four of either Wes Brown, John Terry, Matthew Upson and Wayne Bridge, or perhaps James Milner at right back with John Terry, Wes Brown and Wayne Bridge. More likely than not it will be the former one guesses. If the punter thinks they can stand up, then a decent 16/5 at Paddy Power for an England Clean Sheet can be had. The midfield is now just as much of a selection problem area, but will likely be filled by Shaun Wright-Phillips, Michael Carrick, Gareth Barry and James Milner, which probably isn’t a quartet that you would want facing up against Brazil if this were a World Cup match, to be honest. Up front, will of course be star Wayne Rooney, and on merit Jermain Defoe, although Peter Crouch may start as a more of a replacement for the nuisance-factor-style of Emile Heskey. For England pessimists, Away Team To Score=No fetches 24/13 at Expekt

England v Brazil Match Odds
England to win: 5/2 at Blue Square
Draw: 5/2 at SkyBet
Brazil to win: 6/5 at Stan James

England vs Brazil Betting Advice: If Brazil and England were in a two-team league, then England would need another century of International football matches between the two clubs to try and catch up. That’s what if feels like anyway, as the table would read like this, assuming three points for a win and one for a draw, including all competitions and friendly matches:

England v Brazil P W D L GF GA Pts
Brazil 22 10 9 3 30 19 39
England 22 3 9 10 19 30 18

History doesn’t point to Brazil v England matches ending in a trouncing for the English. At almost a ratio of two goals per England’s one though, it’s a fair bet that Brazil are going to get on the scoresheet. For those who think that Brazil are a couple of goals better than England, then the punter can take Brazil to win by 2 goal margin: 6/1 at SkyBet

The head to head doesn’t make pretty reading for England fans, and with Brazilian hotshot Fabiano turning out for the match, England’s makeshift midfield and back four are going to have to get through a lot of defensive work. England can be buoyed though, that all of their three victories have come in friendlies against the South Americans. Admittedly Fabio Capello can’t boast being in the England hotseat for too long, having only been there since 2007, but he does hold the highest win percentage of all England managers, ever. His fifteen wins from twenty games sounds pretty impressive, and gives him a 75% win percentage, and long may it continue. Interestingly, the closest win % behind him throws up two names. Sir Alf Ramsey is on 61% along with, guess who? Glenn Hoddle.

Finally, a happy-all-round 1-1 draw fetches 6/1 at Bet365

To Win World Cup Outright:
Brazil – 5/1 at Paddy Power
England – 13/2 at Coral

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