Brazil V Colombia
Saturday 6th September. 2AM. Live streaming on Bet365
Brazil begin their road to recovery, following that catastrophic end to their World Cup adventure, against fellow South Americans Colombia and new manager Dunga will be hoping to start the rebuilding process with a win.
However, as we saw this summer, Colombia are no pushovers and have all the ability to give the Selecao a real run for their money at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami.
It should be a cracking contest and you can watch the live streaming action on Bet365!
Can Captain Neymar Lead Brazil To Redemption
The big news ahead of this friendly is that new boss Dunga has named Neymar as his new captain.
At just 22 years of age, some might suggest that Neymar isn’t yet ready for that responsibility. However, the Barcelona star took the weight of a nation in his stride prior to getting injured in the closing stages of a quarter-final win over Colombia this summer.
That late injury ruled him out for the remainder of the tournament and that should give the striker an extra incentive to perform here. A return of 35 goals from just 54 appearances sees him sit fourth on the list of all-time Brazilian scorers and
The star attraction is joined by Premier League stars Oscar, Filipe Luis, Fernandinho, Willian and Philippe Coutinho, whilst there is also room for Robinho to earn his 93rd international cap. Dunga has made changes as he begins his experimentation but it appears that he already has a few ideas regarding the core of Brazil’s team throughout the foreseeable future.
Colombia Welcome Back Falcao
For many fans, the absence of Radamel Falcao was one of the saddest aspects of this summer’s World Cup as the Colombian star had largely been expected to shine in Brazil prior to a season-ending injury back in January.
However, the 28-year-old is back in Jose Pekerman’s side and will be eager to prove that he is still top dog for the national side. Colombia were impressive at the World Cup with the likes of Jackson Martinez performing to an exceptionally high standard. Meanwhile, former Monaco teammate James Rodriguez scored five times to win the Golden Boot and subsequently earn a summer transfer to Real Madrid.
Falcao will make Colombia a better side, though, especially long-term. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that he is still working his way back to full fitness. Manchester United fans will be praying that he comes through this contest unscathed.
In truth, though, Colombia have much more to their arsenal than a decent frontline. Goalkeeper David Ospina emerged as a real hero this summer whilst Cristian Zapata, Juan Cuadrado and Fredy Guarin are all very competent players also.
Nevertheless, Colombia may face the force of a Brazilian backlash here. Expect them to suffer in the Miami heat.
Brazil V Colombia Betting
Despite their nightmare end to life under Big Phil Scolari, Brazil enter this one as favourites and are priced Evens to claim the win in America. Meanwhile, Colombia are available at 5/2 whilst the draw can be backed at 13/5.
The headlines will inevitably be dominated by new Brazil captain Neymar and the young star should shine at the Sun Life Stadium. It was Colombia who cost him his dream of taking Brazil to the World Cup trophy on home soil and that will give him extra motivation.
Some quarters still question his ability but you simply cannot argue with his international record. We expect him to adapt to life as skipper with consummate ease.
Neymar to score first is 22/5 with Bet365
Whilst we do think Neymar will score, we don’t necessarily think it will be a game of goals.
Falcao’s return is a positive but he could be lacking match fitness. Conversely, Dunga has only picked three strikers and will also be more concerned with improving a defence that conceded 11 times in its final two games this summer.
Their World Cup quarter-final clash was the first in five to have more than two goals. With potential wholesale changes threatening to lower the pace, this friendly could be another low-scoring affair.
Under 2.5 match goals is 5/6 with Bet365