WHAT? The second game of Group G
WHEN? 7:30PM on Tuesday 15th June
WHERE? Ellis Park, Johannesburg
HOW? ITV1, programme starts at 7PM
* FIFA Ranking – 1st
* Last match – 5-1 win over Tanzania in a friendly
* Last World Cup match – 1-0 loss to France in the Quarter finals of the 2006 World Cup
* Last 5 matches – 5 wins. Wins over England, Oman, Republic of Ireland, Zimbabwe & Tanzania.
* Most experienced player -Lucio, 91 caps, 4 goals
It was a somewhat routine qualifying campaign for Brazil as they finished top of the South American section. They suffered two defeats along the way to Paraguay & Bolivia which was a bit surprising. Their friendly results since qualifying haven’t exactly been that challenging, although the win over England is a big result.
It’s a tricky group for Brazil here. They face the easiest game they’lll have all tournament first so it could be a good chance for them to get in their stride and go into the two tougher games with a huge amount of confidence. They’re the number 1 ranked team in the world so they won’t fear anyone.
No injury worries for Brazil.
Last starting line up:
Gomes, Juan, Lucio, Michel Bastos, Maicon, Felipe Melo, Gilberto Silva, Luis Fabiano, Kaka, Robinho, Elano
* FIFA Ranking – 105th
* Last match – 3-1 loss to Nigeria in a friendly
* Last World Cup match – 5-3 loss to Portugal in the 1966 World Cup
* Last 5 matches – 2 draws & 3 losses. Draws with South Africa & Greece. Losses to Mexico, Paraguay & Nigeria.
* Most experienced player – Kim Yong-Jun 53 caps, 7 goals
North Korea qualified for only their second ever World Cup on goal difference after finishing on the same points as Saudi Arabia. They’ve not done anything in friendlies to suggest they could cause an upset.
North Korea could be in for a very rough couple of weeks here. The best I think they can hope for will be to score a goal. Picking up even a point is probably beyond them considering their opposition here.
No injury worries reported for North Korea.
Last starting line up:
Ri Myong Guk, Ri Jun-Il, Kwang Chon Ri, Song Chol Nam, Jong Hyok Cha, Pak Jin, In Guk Mun, Ri Chol-Myong, An Chol-Hyok, Jong Tae-Se, Choe Kum-Chol
How could anyone not fancy a flutter on a game that this is mismatched?
* Brazil to win – 1/12 – £12 bet
* First goal inside the first 10 minutes – 11/5 – £2 bet
* Brazil to win 6-0 – 16/1 – £2 bet
* Brazil to win by 4+ goals – 9/4 – £2 bet
Match odds: Brazil 1/12, North Korea 25/1, Draw 9/1
Brazil should win this be a few clear goals hopefully as well. I’m going to be a bit optimstic with a 6-0 win.