England vs Brazil
This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
150 Years of Hurt.
What better way to celebrate the Football Association’s creation of our beautiful game than to invite over a bunch of Johnny Foriegners, whose five World Cups stand as proof that they stole our game, mastered it, and have continually bested us at it down the years.
And so Brazil arrive at Wembley. For much of the past 150 years, Brazilian players were to be marvelled at. Their skills, their tactical innovation and yes, their defensive cynicism too. Now, more often than not, we laugh at them. Andre Santos, David Luiz, Fabio Rochemback, Afonso Alves. All came, all saw, all were rubbish.
Which is not to say that this is the worst Brazilian national side of all time (although it is certainly the worst since 1990.) The SeleçãoBrasileira can still call upon Dani Alves, Ramires, Neymar, and most excitingly of all for us romantics, a 32 year old Ronaldinho.
For Roy Hodgson, the aim will be to avoid humiliation. A creditable draw or narrow defeat, and we can still pretend everything is going to plan ahead of 2014, despite the line being led by a striker who has scored just once all season.
From a betting angle, Brazil’s recent form is tough to gauge. They are now under new management once more in Luis Felipe Scolari, and more importantly, have only been playing friendlies against the likes of Japan and Iraq. Two years ago in February, they lost 1-0 in France. We like a repeat – 17/2 at Bet365 seems a good bet.