Sinclair To Shine Against Brazil

£10 wins £300 if Trevor Sinclair scores first in a classic 3-2 England win over Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals.
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* Three of Brazil's last four World Cup quarter-finals have finished 3-2 after 90 minutes, two of England's last three World Cup quarter-finals have finished 3-2
- 3-2 England 33/1; 3-2 Brazil 33/1 

* Owen has scored nine goals in 15 starts under Sven Goran Eriksson
- Owen first goalscorer (90 minutes) 9/2

* Beckham has scored twice in England's last three World Cup games against South Americans
- Beckham first goalscorer (90 minutes) 8/1

* Ronaldo has scored six goals in Brazil's last five games 
- Ronaldo first scorer (90 minutes) 9/2

* Rivaldo has scored four goals in Brazil's last four games
- Rivaldo first scorer (90 minutes) 11/2


It's the World Cup meeting to end all World Cup meetings as the two tournament favourites go head-to-head in a breakfast bonanza from Shizuoka.

90 Minute Match Betting(Kick-off: Friday 7.30am)England win 15/8Brazil win 11/8Draw 2/1Correct Score3-2 England 33/12-2 Draw 18/13-2 Brazil 33/1First ScorerOwen 9/2Sinclair 20/1J.Cole 28/1Ferdinand 33/1Ronaldo 9/2Rivaldo 11/2GoalcastOwen first goal/3-2 England 80/1Sinclair first goal/3-2 England 300/1Ferdinand first goal/3-2 England 500/1Owen first goal/2-2 Draw 70/1Sinclair first goal/2-2 Draw 250/1Ronaldo first goal/3-2 Brazil 80/1SpecialsSinclair to score a header 20/1Sinclair to score a hat-trick 100/1England to win on penalties 11/1Butt first player booked 7/1England to score two or more 11/8Brazil to score two or more 11/10

It's 32 years since these two great footballing nations last met in the World Cup Finals with the likes of Pele, Jarzinho, Bobby Moore and Gordon Banks producing unforgettable moments.

The likes of Sinclair, Michael Owen and co. could join those players in the pantheon of the game if England beat the Samba Boys.

And this Brazilian team is certainly beatable!

There is no doubt the South Americans are the game's most naturally gifted artists.

And for 25 minutes against Belgium, they had the attacking flair of Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Denilson not to mention Cafu and Roberto Carlos all on the pitch.

The fact that you were just as likely as to see centre-backs Lucio, Roque Junior and Edmilson charging forward underlines Luis Felipe Scolari's attacking ethos in the great traditions of the Brazilian game.

Some of the more pragmatic sides of the 90s have been cast aside...but not only are Brazil are great to watch, they are great to play against.

Brazil were simply irresistible against Turkey and some of their approach play was reminiscent of their great teams of the past although they needed a dubious late penalty to win the game.

Costa Rica had a hatful of chances before eventually succumbing 5-2 and Belgium had a seemingly good goal chalked off and Marcos made several excellent saves before Rivaldo and Ronaldo did the damage with late goals.

The Brazil of 2002 are probably the most aesthetically pleasing team since the class of 82 but remember what happened to Zico, Socrates, Eder and co 20 years ago.

They came up against the defensively strong Italians in a match to decide who would reach the last four and were beaten 3-2!!

While Brazil's attack has been in free-scoring form, England's defence is the joint-meanest in the tournament. Will the best defence ultimately outdo the best attack again?

Rio Ferdinand couldn't be more different in style than Claudio Gentile but his anticipation has been superb and his reactions to others' mistakes have been brilliant.

Rio has received a great deal of praise for his displays and he has formed an excellent understanding with Sol Campbell at the heart of defence. But others have been unsung heroes including Nicky Butt who has been the anchor man in midfield.

There is no doubt that with all of Brazil's talent they will create chances but England have more than enough going forward to expose the gaping holes in a midfield shorn of numbers and captain Emerson, not to mention the gaps behind the two marauding full-backs and roaming back three.

England have already beaten one South American giant by the odd goal in this tournament and it's a mighty 33/1 that Sven's men match Italy and win 3-2.

Indeed 3-2 has been a familar scorelines in World Cup quarter-finals for both these nations.

Two of England's last three World Cup quarter-finals have finished 3-2. Both in the 1970 defeat against Germany and 1990 victory versus Cameroon, it was 2-2 after 90 minutes with the game decided in extra-time.

There are odds of 18/1 on a 2-2 draw at the end of normal time and 8/1 on England winning via a Golden Goal.

Both in 1994 and 1998, Brazil's last eight games against Holland and Denmark have finished 3-2 in their favour after 90 minutes.

Punters in Sao Paulo, Swansea and Strathclyde will be particularly interested in 33/1 on a hat-trick of such victories for the men in yellow.

Given both sides' penchant for high scoring World Cup quarter-finals, there is a tasty 11/8 on England scoring at least twice and 11/10 on Brazil achieving that feat.

Eriksson expects striker Owen to be fit and the Liverpool striker will fetch good support at 9/2 in the first scorer market.

Owen opened the scoring in the last meeting against Brazil and has scored nine goals in 15 starts under the Swedish coach.

The European Footballer of the Year is 25/1 to match the achievement of Paolo Rossi in 1982 and score a hat-trick against the Brazilians. 

The squad's second leading marksman is Paul Scholes with 13 and the Manchester United man, who hit the post with a cracker against Nigeria, could offer good value at 9/1.

The defensive pairing of Campbell and Ferdinand have been the deadlock-breakers in England's other games and ever dangerous from set-pieces, are big 25/1 and 33/1 shouts to ripple the onion bag with the opener.

Sinclair goes at 20/1 and is the same price to beat the keeper with a header,  with 100/1 on offer for the Hammers star to grab a hat-trick.

To Win World CupEngland 10/3Brazil 9/4To Qualify For Semi-FinalsEngland 6/5Brazil 8/13World Cup FinalistsEnglandv Spain 5/1; v Germany 11/2;
v Korea 20/1; v USA 35/1Brazilv Spain 3/1; v Germany 7/2;
v Korea 12/1; v USA 25/1World Cup Top GoalscorerRonaldo 4/9Rivaldo 7/1Owen 80/1Ronaldinho 150/1

Teddy Sheringham came close to scoring the goal of the World Cup - and maybe any World Cup - when his scorching volley just failed to round off a glorious 17-pass move in Santoro v Argentina and the Spurs man could be worth a dabble at 8/1 to net the last goal of the 90 minutes, while Joe Cole is 28/1.

In terms of goalcasts should England win 3-2, it's an 80/1 payout if Owen scores first, 150/1 for Scholes and Beckham, and 300/1 next to Sinclair's name.

For Brazil, Ronaldo scored seven goals in nine Serie A starts for Inter Milan after his much documented knee injury and his five goals in this tournament indicates he has lost none of his pace or any of his predatory skills either.

The number nine's goal against Brazil was his 41st in 61 games for his country and 9/2 is a decent first scorer quote.

Like Ronaldo, Rivaldo has scored in all four matches so far.

Three of his four have come in the second-half, making the Barcelona man's 11/2 last scorer price worth noting.

Ronaldinho (12 goals in 29) - PSG's young pretender to the creative crown and Brazil's penalty taker - goes at 8/1 in the first scorer market and there is 4/1 on a penalty being scored at any point in the 90 minutes.

Denilson produced one of the finest 25 minute cameos you will ever likely to see against Turkey and although the Betis wizard may not start, he could offer great value at 10/1 in the last goalscorer market.

The three Rs will be supported slightly deeper by former Middlesbrough ace Juninho, who is 14/1 to score the opener, with Roberto Carlos (16/1) and Cafu (33/1) bombing forward from the flanks.

Carlos is 7/1 to score one of his thunderbolt free-kicks.

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