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England vs Brazil tips and predictions: Wembley stadium hosts main event of the international break

England step up their Euro 2024 preparations as they welcome five-time World Cup winners Brazil to Wembley Stadium this Saturday night (1900 GMT).

Trying to get football fans excited about international friendlies is almost like trying to convince Formula One fans that their sport is boring – mission impossible.

For once, however, the FA have managed to pull off a potential banger. England against Brazil at Wembley Stadium – that sentence alone makes you want to jump into a cold shower.

No matter what critics may say, both England and Brazil remain major brands in international football. What’s more, this is a fixture that doesn’t come round very often.

The last competitive meeting took place in the quarter-final of the 2002 World Cup. Back then, the Three Lions boasted a side that included Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand, David Beckham and Michael Owen.

Brazil, on the other hand, had the fearsome front three of Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo.

Twenty-two years later, the names may have changed though both sides still have plenty of fire power.

The level of excitement around this current England side is palpable and it’s easy to see why. Jude Bellingham, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka… even young Kobbie Mainoo is causing a stir.

Brazil are also well stocked with talent. Their forward line alone boasts names such as Richarlison, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Raphinha. This is without Neymar and Gabriel Jesus who are unavailable.

Looking at the names, the potential and the setting, all ingredients are in place for a potential cracker.

We’re backing both teams to get on the scoresheet in a high-scoring encounter. Over 2.5 goals is another suggested bet.

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Team news

The big news from the England camp is that Harry Kane missed team training on Wednesday following an injury scare. This could open the door for the likes of Ollie Watkins or Ivan Toney.

Brazil, meanwhile, are without the aforementioned Neymar and Gabriel Jesus. Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Magalhaes, Ederson, Marquinhos and Casemiro have also withdrawn from the squad.

Goalkeeper Alisson Becker is out of contention meaning one of the three uncapped shot stoppers in the squad will feature.


Key stats

- England are unbeaten in 10 matches

- Brazil have lost all of their last three matches

- England have conceded one goal in their last five home matches

- Brazil have scored one goal in 270 minutes of international football


Suggested bets

Both teams to score

Over 2.5 goals

Second-half to produce most goals


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