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Sunday, 21 October, 2018

World Cup favourites Brazil complete preparations in Austria

Home side beat world champions Germany in last friendly

Brazil celebrate their 28th win in 30 friendlies against Croatia at Anfield
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International friendly
Liverpool FC TV, 3pm Sunday

Austria beat world champions Germany in their last friendly and they are 6-1 to complete an illustrious double by defeating World Cup favourites.

The hosts missed out on a place at the finals in Russia, finishing fourth behind Serbia, Ireland and Wales in a tight qualifying group, but their subsequent friendly form has been impeccable.

They finished their qualifying campaign with victories over Serbia (3-2) and Moldova (1-0) before winning five consecutive non-competitive fixtures.

Austria’s victims included Germany and Uruguay but even their excellent run of form can’t compete with Brazil’s friendly record.

Star man Neymar returned from injury to score a fine individual goal in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Croatia at Anfield – a result that made it 28 wins, one draw and one defeat in their last 30 friendlies.

The only blips on that record are a 1-0 defeat to Argentina and a 0-0 draw with England and the Selecao have kept 11 clean sheets in their last 14 non-competitive outings.

Brazil are unlikely to be firing on all cylinders just a week away from their World Cup opener against Switzerland and the confident hosts won’t want to make things easy for Neymar and his teammates in Vienna.

The Paris St-Germain star, who broke his foot in February, suffered no ill effects after playing the second half against Croatia and is 100-30 with bet365 to score first.

Brazil’s defensive strength means the 11-10 about under 2.5 goals is worth a small bet. Their game against Croatia was goalless until the 69th minute while eight of Austria’s ten qualifying matches featured under 2.5 goals.

Croatia beat Senegal 2-1 in Friday’s friendly clash between two teams heading to Russia but Germany made hard work of beating Saudi Arabia 2-1.

Joachim Low’s men had been 1-14 for victory but struggled to build on Timo Werner’s opener in the eighth minute. The striker is 16-1 to be the top goalscorer at the World Cup and 2-1 favourite to top the scoring charts for 5-1 shots Germany.

Argentina, 10-1 to lift the trophy, have replaced the injured Manuel Lanzini with experienced midfielder Enzo Perez.

Huddersfield have broken their transfer record to sign Monaco defender Terence Kongolo, who made 13 appearances on loan for the Terriers last season.

Huddersfield are 5-4 to be relegated next term and 10-1 with Sky Bet to finish in the top half of the Premier League.

Recommendation
Under 2.5 goals
1pt 11-10 Betfair, Paddy Power

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Brazil's game against Croatia was goalless until the 69th minute while eight of Austria’s ten qualifying matches featured under 2.5 goals
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