While Felipe Scolari will use the friendly in Beijing to tinker with his team, Al Hain-Cole expects his fired-up opponents to put in a characteristically resolute performance
Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men beat a feisty South Korean side 2-0 in Seoul on Saturday and are overwhelming 1/20 (1.05) favourites with Paddy Power to record a fourth straight victory.
Having recently seen coach Herve Renard depart to take over at French club Sochaux, Chipolopolo are available at 22/1 (23.00) to pull off a famous win in their first game without the mastermind behind last year’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph.
They lost their continental crown after being knocked out of this year’s tournament with three draws from three group games, and you can get odds of 10/1 (11.00) on them getting a share of spoils in this one.
Scolari took advantage of Saturday’s game in Korea to try out a few players who had not seen too much international football recently and admitted the 2-0 result was better than expected considering the effect of jetlag on his team.
While the former world champion will undoubtedly shuffle his hand once again for the trip to China, his opponents are taking this match much more seriously than the average friendly.
FA president Kalusha Bwalya labelled this encounter the highest profile match in the nation’s history and the team will be fully aware of the responsibility on their shoulders when they take on the biggest name in international football.
Although Renard has departed, caretaker manager Patrice Beaumelle should have little trouble in inspiring a characteristically competitive performance from the players, having spent the last three years assisting his fellow Frenchman in the dugout.
Zambia have built their recent success on a sturdy backline that has conceded just 16 goals in their last 29 fixtures, and they will be highly motivated to continue this robust form against the Selecao.
With Brazil likely to make a number of changes against a determined defensive outfit, odds of 11/10 (2.10) are well worth the investment on under 3.5 goals being scored, particularly as Scolari’s men have only scored more than three goals in three of his 16 games in charge.
|Under 3.5 goals for a 1pt stake at 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power
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