RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The 2014 World Cup hosts welcome England to the famous Maracana stadium on Sunday evening as these two International giants clash for the second time inside four months. Brazil, who lost at Wembley 2-1 earlier this year, will be looking to build some much needed momentum as next summer's showpiece gathers pace.
The bookmakers have seen a steady stream on money backing the Brazilians in the lead up to kick-off - most firms offer 8/15 on a Brazil win - but Stan James, William Hill and Betfred go a standout price of 4/7. After watching England labour to a 1-1 draw against a very limited Ireland side I can only see a Brazilian win and would advise taking the 4/7 that is available.
Brazil have been slipping down the FIFA world rankings in recent times and currently sit in an unfamiliar 19th position, with England, somehow, ranked as the 7th best team in the world.
Former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has been handed the task of hauling Brazil back amongst the world's elite and, ultimately, winning the World Cup next summer. The fixture against England may just be a friendly but Scolari needs to start winning games and building momentum as France and the Confederations Cup are on the horizon.
We can expect to see a strong Brazilian lineup with new Barcelona signing Neymar starting the match. David Luiz, Ramires and Julio Cesar, who all ply their trade in the Premier League, are also expected to start.
Neymar is the favourite to open the scoring and can be backed at 9/2 with Paddy Power and Skybet; however, the 11/2 on offer for team mate Fred to score first looks better value - he has scored in his previous four outings for the national team (including the 2-1 reverse suffered against England ealrier ths year).
England head to the newly renovated Macarana in solid form with just one away defeat in the last 11. But the performances under Hodgson have been workmanlike and lacking any real creativity and I expect England to come unstuck against a Brazilian side eager to impress in front of their own fans.
Hodgson will be missing key personnel for the match as doubts linger over Sturridge, Defoe and Welbeck. However, one player who is expected to start is Frank Lampard and the 97 cap Englishman is chalked up at 5/1 with Skybet and Coral to score anytime. Lampard has enjoyed a fine end to the season and looks the excellent value to continue his goal scoring form after finding the net against the Irish just days ago.
Punters are anticipating a few goals on Sunday evening as the Over 2.5 Goals price has been backed into 4/5 with Skybet - it's as short as 4/6 elsewhere. But I would prefer to dutch a couple of correct scores and the Brazil to win 2-1 and 3-1 results look tempting. BetVictor offer an industry best price of 15/2 and 13/1 on the respective score lines. Backing both selections would give you a return of around 4/1.
Despite their patchy form Brazil should prove too strong for a one dimensional England side who prefer to stifle than excite.
The game kicks off at 8 p.m. BST on Sunday 2nd June and is live on ITV1.