League: WORLD: Friendly International
Match: 19:00 Saudi Arabia – Brazil
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
Average odds: 1.38
Bookmaker: Bwin
Result: 0:2 LOST


Matching up for the first time in nearly 16 years, Saudi Arabia (W3, D1, L6) welcome Brazil (W8, D1, L1) to the King Saud University Stadium (Riyadh) in this round of international friendlies.
Saudi Arabia come into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw with Bolivia following their 2-1 World Cup finals win over Egypt. However those two games came on the back of five-straight losses that exposed them against top-rated sides. Indeed you have to go back to before 2010 to find a victory against a current side ranked in FIFA’s top 50.
After losing to Belgium in the quarterfinals of Russia 2018, the ‘little canaries’ (BRA) look for their third consecutive friendly win in a run that has seen them lose just twice in over two years (W22, D4, L2). Whatsmore, Brazil have only conceded in two of their last 12 games.
With four losses in four historical meetings and a -13 goal difference against Brazil, Saudi Arabia will need to defy the odds to start ‘The Rise of Saudi Arabian Football’ here.
Brazil, meanwhile, will face both Saudi Arabia and arch-nemesis’ Argentina at this stadium in their next two upcoming games, with manager Tite rumoured to be fielding a strong team here in preparation.
Players to watchNeymar is idolised in Saudi Arabia and will make an appearance here – he has 11 club goals from 11 games in all competitions and has scored in two of his last three international away games.
Whilst Fahad Al-Muwallad did not score in their 2-2 capitulation to Bolivia, the Ittihad winger looked sharp and has two league goals from three games – he has ten goals from 48 caps.
Stat attack (in all comps): Brazil have eight clean sheets from ten away games – Saudi Arabia have just two in ten overall.
Both teams have scored in three of Saudi Arabia’s and one of Brazil’s last five games.
If you discount neutral venues, Brazil have not been beaten away from home in three years to the week (W12, D5).

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