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Great Britain v Brazil: Unbeaten hosts can hold gold-medal hopefuls

| 31.07.2012

Great Britain and Brazil are already sure of a quarter-final spot, so their Wembley clash will instead decide who finishes top of Group E, the significance being that the winners enjoy the advantage of facing a third-placed team in the last eight.

Match odds

Brazil are evens favourites on account of their greater experience at this level, having never failed to reach the final four and pocketed silver medals at both Athens and Beijing.

However, they have also never previously before finished the group stage with a 100 per cent record and are far from certain to change that stat tonight.

The South American champions have the more menacing attacking line up with the likes of Marta and Cristiane a constant threat, but they haven’t outshone Great Britain so far. Sure, they routed a poor Cameroon side 5-0, yet it took 86 minutes to make the breakthrough against New Zealand.

Hope Powell will realise that victory is an ambitious target at 3/1 against a nation that she has never met during her lengthy stint as England boss, though a draw and unbeaten progress through to the knockout rounds feels achievable at 9/4.

Other markets

The goal count over the first two sets of group games have been considerably higher than at the last two editions but Group E has been the lowest scoring of the lot and 80% of those scored to date have come against debutants Cameroon.

Neither Great Britain nor Brazil have conceded yet and while keeping another clean sheet against one of the most formidable teams in the competition might prove too tough a task at 3/1, under 2.5 goals is to be expected at 8/11.

In terms of scoreline, 1-1 looks the pick of the options at 11/2, though 1-0 to either side (Brazil 6/1, Great Britain 8/1) and even 0-0 at 10/1 shouldn’t be ruled out.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.