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England U20 V Brazil U20 – Monday 26th May. 6:30PM. BT Sport 1
England’s young guns continue their Toulon campaign against South American’s Brazil tonight and should be in for a much tougher test than they were against Qatar.
While the Arab state were happy to play damage limitation, Brazil will give the Young Lions a serious match as the Selecao look to retain their Toulon crown.
It should be one of the best matches in the tournament.
England Keane For Success
This year’s event is England’s first appearance in Toulon since 2005 and the Young Lions started their campaign in style with the comfortable 3-0 win over Qatar. However, Gareth Southgate’s men are in for a much tougher ride against the tournament favourites.
Nevertheless, the Young Lions will be quietly confident about their chances. The squad boasts a number of talented players such as Saido Berahino, Josh McEachran, James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond. Meanwhile, Manchester United’s Will Keane arrived in France yesterday and that will add even more firepower to an already potent attack.
England are in pole position to at least progress to the third-placed play-off, but Southgate’s ambitious men will have sights set on the final. In order to reach that, they’ll more than likely need a win against Brazil and could set out an attacking philosophy as they pursue the three points.
The Under 17s won the European Championship just earlier this month, perhaps the U20s can bring another trophy back to St George’s Park.
Young Samba Stars Favourites In Toulon
Defending champions Brazil are not only favourites in this match, they are favourites to win the whole tournament.
Having already beaten South Korea and Colombia, Brazil sit top of the five-team Group B and could virtually seal their place in Sunday’s final with victory over England.
Brazil’s young team boasts some real talent, not least PSG star Marquinhos. The 20-year-old became the world’s most expensive teenager when joining from Italian side Roma last summer and has already made his first senior appearance for his country.
Marquinhos is joined by the likes of Doria, Douglas Santos, Admilson and Rodrigo Caio – all of whom are expected to have bright futures within the sport. The fact Chelsea’s Lucas Piazon, who enjoyed a fantastic year on loan at Vitesse, is only good enough for the bench sheds light onto the strength in depth that Alexandre Gallo has to choose from.
As with all Brazilian teams, this squad is full of flair. It should be a delight to watch these youngsters tonight.
England U20 v Brazil U20 Betting
Unsurprisingly, Bet365 make Brazil the odds on favourites at 10/11. However, England do have a chance and can be backed at 13/5; the draw is available at 12/5.
England should pose the biggest threat to Brazil, which in turn could allow the Samba stars to up their game accordingly.
The Young Lions have enough talent to score in this match, but the Brazilians could enjoy a fruitful night in the attacking third and are more than capable of scoring several goals.
Brazil to win 3-1 is 16/1 with Bet365
As with any England side, Southgate’s men will at least put in a spirited performance and it wouldn’t be any surprise if they keep Brazil at bay for some time. However, Brazil’s class should shine through at some stage.
Brazil have scored on goal in all four halves of their previous two matches. However, England may stand firm for much longer periods than both South Korea and Colombia and the Selecao may have to be patient tonight.
Brazil’s highest scoring half : 2nd half is 7/5 with Bet365