Brazil step up their World Cup preparations with a friendly against Austria on Sunday.
The Selecao are widely regarded as one of the favourites to win the competition in Russia, and will face Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.
Austria, meanwhile, failed to qualify for the competition, finishing fourth in qualifying, behind Serbia, Republic of Ireland and Wales.
Goal brings you all you need to know ahead of the friendly clash between the two sides, including team news, squad predictions and TV information.
|Game||Austria vs Brazil|
|Date||Sunday, June 10|
|Time||3:00pm BST / 10:00am ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United Kingdom (UK) the game can be watched live on television on Liverpool’s official club channel, LFCTV, as well as being available to stream live online using LFCTV GO.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
streamed live online
|US TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Lindner, Siebenhendl, Stankovic, Strebinger|
|Defenders||Prodl, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Wimmer, Bauer, Lainer, Danso, Potzmann|
|Midfielders||Baumgartlinger, Alaba, Ilsanker, Schopf, Grillitsch, Mainz, Schaub, Schlager, Zulj, Hierlander, Murg|
|Forwards||Arnautovic, Burgstaller, Alar|
Austria failed to qualify for the World Cup, but defeated Germany 2-1 in an international friendly last week.
Marko Arnautovic is undoubtedly his country’s star attacking player, and enjoyed a fine season at West Ham, while Bayern Munich’s David Alaba provides pace and creativity on the left flank.
Potential Austria starting XI: Siebenhandl; Dragovic, Prodl, Hinteregger; Lainer, Baumgartlinger, Grillitsch, Alaba; Schopf, Zulj; Arnautovic
|Goalkeepers||Alisson, Cassio, Ederson|
|Defenders||Thiago Silva, Miranda, Pedro Geromel, Filipe Luis, Marcelo, Marquinhos, Danilo, Fagner|
|Midfielders||Casemiro, Renato Augusto, Coutinho, Paulinho, Fernandinho, Fred|
|Forwards||Douglas Costa, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar, Willian, Firmino, Taison|
Brazil’s squad is one bursting with both experience and young talent, with a number of players keen to exorcise the ghosts of the 2014 World Cup.
A semi-experimental XI beat Croatia 2-0 last time out, with Neymar scoring a truly brilliant goal on his return to the international fold. It is likely, thus, that numerous players who were forced to start on the bench – the likes of Roberto Firmino – will be a part of the starting XI.
Fred, who is set to join Manchester United, may not feature after suffering an ankle injury in training.
Potential Brazil starting XI: Ederson; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Filipe Luis; Fernandinho, Paulinho, Casemiro; Douglas Costa, Firmino, Neymar
Betting & Match Odds
Brazil are favourites with Dabblebet , and can be found at 1/2. An upset victory for Austria can be backed at 5/1, while the draw is found at 3/1.
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Brazil look in fine form heading into the World Cup in Russia, and showed signs of their brilliant best against Croatia, particularly with Neymar’s phenomenal strike at Anfield. The PSG man embarked on a mazy dribble, beat a number of defenders, and smashed home a finish so fierce it was past the goalkeeper before he could react.
Yet they will have to be wary of the upset against the plucky Austrians, who were seen as massive underdogs when they scheduled a friendly with reigning world champions Germany.
Of course, they ended up running out 2-1 winners, ruining goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s return to the XI.
Brazil, though, have picked their opponents carefully, well aware they will come up against European opposition in the form of Switzerland and Serbia in Russia, and thus want to eliminate any potential banana skins at source.
If Neymar continues his brilliant form, he could win this game and, ultimately, the entire tournament for a country still mourning the 7-1 defeat to Germany on home soil four years ago.
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