Brazil vs Cameroon Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

Brazil will be looking to maintain their winning streak when they take on Cameroon at Stadium MK in Tuesday’s international friendly.

Tite’s side have won five out of their five matches since the World Cup, overcoming Uruguay at the Emirates Stadium on Friday.

Latest Odds

Having run out emphatic 4-1 winners when the sides last met at the 2014 World Cup, they are clear 1/8 (1.13) favourites with to extend their run to six consecutive victories in this one.

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The Indomitable Lions have won just once in five fixtures following last week’s Africa Cup of Nations qualification defeat to Morocco, but are available at 18/1 (19.00) to pull off a shock victory, or 15/2 (8.50) to earn a creditable draw.

Team News

The Selecao are expected to ring the changes from the side that beat Uruguay, allowing an opportunity to the likes of Dede, Pablo, Allan, Richarlison and Willian.

Ambroise Oyongo and Petrus Boumal withdrew from Clarence Seedorf’s travelling squad through injury, with Wilfrid Kaptoum called in to replace the latter.

Straightforward victory

While fans in Milton Keynes will be turning up hoping to see a classic example of Brazilian attacking flair, they are more likely to be treated to a master class in defending.

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Tite’s men have kept a clean sheet in each of their five recent wins, and conceded a measly total of just eight goals in 31 matches under his command.

Having scored just twice in the last five games against opposition such as Malawi, Comoros and Burkina Faso, it is hard to see Seedorf’s side getting a look-in against such defensive excellence.

Predictions

With a number of star attackers rested and having no real reason to get out of second gear, odds of 21/20 (2.05) look a smart bet on the South Americans coasting to victory in a match featuring under 3.5 goals for their fifth outing in six.

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Australia 3 Lebanon 0: Boyle bags brace on Cahill farewell

Australia saw off Lebanon 3-0 in Sydney as their record goalscorer and appearance maker Tim Cahill made his farewell appearance.

Cahill was introduced as a second-half substitute to a rapturous ovation, by which point Martin Boyle had staked his claim to be an important part of the Socceroos’ future with a first-half brace.

The 38-year-old’s pre-planned cameo for the final 10 minutes brought up the 108th cap of an international career that yielded a superb return of 50 goals.

Although he is unlikely to ever make up such ground, Scottish-born Boyle now has two from two following his debut against South Korea last time out and added an assist when Mathew Leckie completed the scoring.


The Hibernian winger was responsible for most of Australia’s best moments early on and almost squeezed a fourth-minute volley past Lebanon goalkeeper Mehdi Khalil at his near post.

The visitors were hindered by Omar Bugiel pulling up with a hamstring injury and, in the 19th minute, Boyle cut inside and lashed home via a deflection off Nour Mansour.

Given their inferiority in open play, Lebanon could ill afford giving Milos Degenek ample room to power Aaron Mooy’s 41st-minute corner against the bar. Boyle was on hand to convert the rebound.

Tomi Juric allowed a handful of openings to pass him by during the first half and the Luzern striker scuffed his shot too close to Khalil in the 53rd minute after being picked out by Mooy.

Australia left-back Aziz Behich roved forward to clatter into the side-netting and, although Lebanon showed increasing poise on the counter-attack, victory was secured in the 68th minute.

Boyle picked out Leckie precisely and the substitute pivoted to whip a half volley into the net.

Andrew Nabbout spurned a glorious chance for number four and hit the post after Australia’s number four, the substitute everyone came to see, took his curtain call.

What does it mean? Australia prepared for life after Cahill

From crucial World Cup qualifying goals to Asian Cup glory and that stunner against the Netherlands, few of the Australia players on the field will experience the hard-earned highs enjoyed by Cahill, who richly deserved his hero’s reception. The 38-year-old veteran is the last of a golden generation to leave the stage, but Mooy, Boyle and Mustafa Amini were among those to suggest the Socceroos’ future is one to embrace – albeit against limited opposition.


Boyle grabs his chance

Born in Aberdeen and with a professional CV comprised of spells with Montrose, Dundee and Hibernian, it is safe to say Boyle probably never expected to be the toast of Australia on a showpiece sporting occasion in Sydney. He took his chance with aplomb, proving a menace to the Lebanese defence throughout. Two goals and an assist underlined how badly they struggled to contain his threat.

Juric fires untimely blank

Centre-forward already looks a problem position for Arnold and a lack of goals up front will come into sharp focus in the post-Cahill era. Juric’s untidy showing – snatching at chances as his first touch betrayed him – was ill-timed and he will hope it is lost amid a wave of celebration and nostalgia.

What’s next

Australia begin their Asian Cup campaign against Jordan in January, with 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar up first for Lebanon.

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Fnatic player Damie wins West Ham’s FIFA 19 esports Cup

Damian ‘Damie’ Augustyniak came out on top in the West Ham esports Cup as he walked out of the London Stadium with the giant cheque for £10,000 after defeating Fnatic Roma team-mate Conran ‘Rannerz’ Tobin in the final.

The Hammers hosted their first esports tournament with 16 of the best FIFA 19 players in the UK competing with their own Ultimate Team squads. However, with the FUT servers down West Ham were forced to change the tournament format last second with every player using West Ham in the 85-rated mode.

The aforementioned mode makes every player 85-rated with their stats depending on their position and every player was locked to a maximum of three-star skills. It was a change that had to be made but suited some more than others.

Goal’s own player Danny Taylor, who was participating at the event, had been vocal even before the tournament stating that he wished all events were on an even playing field. He stated on stream that all three of Fnatic’s players at the event had superior squads to his, meaning Taylor faced an uphill struggle from the start.

With the change of format, the tournament was on an even playing field and Taylor began to dominate. He smashed his group with two wins and a draw, including a 6-0 hammering, before narrowly losing to eventual champion Damie in the semi-final. Despite his defeat, Taylor took home £3k in prizes, if you include the online qualifiers.

Taylor admitted that the 85-rated format may have given him an edge in the competition: “To be honest, the limit of three-star skills definitely played into my hands as I’ve always been quite basic – I’d call it efficient.

“I don’t really mess around with skill moves, I do keep the ball a lot and the 85-rated mode is quite slow so it suited me and is probably why I dominated the groups so much, with a goal difference of eight after three games. Even the game I drew I probably should have won all three to be honest.

“Even though it wasn’t the intention, the server issues made this a fairer tournament and maybe helped me a bit. There’s quite a few players who put a few thousand pounds into the game and at big tournaments like this, you should never be using your own team, everyone should be on an even level.”

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With their advantage gone, Fnatic manager Colin ‘CoJo’ Johnson admitted he had been worried for his players once the format changed: “We were expecting to do well but I don’t know if we were expecting to do this well, especially when the tournament was changed to 85-rated as that doesn’t really favour my players’ play-styles. They like to play faster whereas 85-rated favours a slower play-style.

“It’s funny because Damie and Rannerz drew their first games and from then on they didn’t lose a game until the final. I think the adaptation was pretty good and quick, especially with Damie who had FUT qualifiers to play at the same time so he had to play 85 mode, then FUT then back to 85 mode so the fact Damie was not only able to win all of his games on FUT but also in the tournament is a testament to what a flexible player he is – it shows his flexibility and professionalism.”

With a battle for bragging rights in the Fnatic house, the final came down to Rannerz and Damie but the latter’s experience on both consoles gave him the advantage. Once Damie took a 3-1 win in his supposedly weaker console of Xbox it was game over and the Polish pro went on to convincingly win the final 5-1.

Commentating on that match was West Ham legend Carlton Cole who was impressed with not only Damie but the scale of the event itself.

“I’m kind of embarrassed to say I didn’t know this was going on but it’s a massive thing now obviously, West Ham are taking note and we’re growing with it. I used to love computers when I was younger, if I could have been paid to play on the computer I would have done that instead of being a footballer!

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“I saw Damie today and he is an amazing FIFA player, I was very impressed and he won a lot of money, he said himself he doesn’t even know what he’s going to do with the £10k. The money doesn’t phase these guys, it’s not about that, it’s about playing and winning, having that title to say that I’m better than you.

“To play in a final takes nerves of steel and Damie was playing against his mate as well which makes it even more nerve-wracking. I like the whole thing and I like the way Damie handles himself. If that was me, I would have shoved it in my friend’s face when I beat him while Damie’s got a lot of dignity.

“I’m just mightily impressed by everyone who is playing in this. You can say it’s a growing sport and if I’m hearing about it now, I’m going to be talking about it a lot, the news spreads. I’ll keep my eye on it to see how it grows.”

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France vs Uruguay Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

France will be looking to bounce back from Nations League disappointment when they take on Uruguay in Tuesday’s friendly clash.

Les Bleus lost their final match 2-0 against the Netherlands, who subsequently leapfrogged them into first place and the knockout stages thanks to a late 2-2 draw in Germany.

Latest Odds

Nevertheless, having run out 2-0 winners against this opposition at this summer’s World Cup, they are priced at 1/2 (1.50) with William Hill to secure a morale-boosting victory at the Stade de France.

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Oscar Tabarez’s team have lost each of their last three matches, but are available at 11/2 (6.50) to pull off a shock victory over the world champions.

Four of the last six encounters between this pair have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 16/5 (4.20) on them cancelling each other out once again.   

Team News

Dider Deschamps is set to shuffle his pack following the Netherlands defeat, meaning Alassane Plea and Ferland Mendy could be in line for their senior international debuts.

Fernando Muslera, Diego Godin, Jose Gimenez, Sebastian Coates, Gaston Silva, Marcelo Saracchi, and Cristhian Stuani are the headline absentees from a severely depleted travelling squad.

Defensive weakness

Although missing the spine of their famous backline, La Celeste can at least still call upon star strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani in Paris.

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Cavani will be particularly keen to shine in the city where he plays his club football for PSG, and should stand a strong chance of getting on the scoresheet against a team that has rarely looked solid in exhibition matches.

In fact, the hosts have just one clean sheet to their name in the last seven friendlies, conceding to both USA and Iceland in the most recent two.

Predictions

While Uruguay’s attacking talent should ensure they join that pair in firing past France, their own defensive absentees make odds of 6/5 (2.20) look very appealing on goal being scored at both ends.

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‘Ronaldinho will always be the best’ – Deco puts former Barcelona teammate ahead of Messi and Ronaldo

Ex-Barcelona and Chelsea midfielder Deco fondly recalls his time alongside Ronaldinho at Camp Nou, insisting that the 2002 World Cup winner will always be the best in his eyes. 

The two men played together in Catalunya between 2004 and 2008, winning two La Liga titles and the Champions League under the tutelage of Frank Rijkaard. 

The Brazil international was widely regarded as the world’s best player during that time, but over the last decade, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have set new standards in terms of goalscoring, team success and individual accolades. 

The Juventus striker and Argentine talisman have each won five of the last ten Ballon d’Or awards and remain the top two footballers in Europe, but Deco still believes that Ronaldinho was in a class of his own. 

“From the outset, it is clear that Leo and Cristiano are the greatest,” the Portuguese star told AS.  

“Especially because no one thought they could take so many years to this level, but the one that impressed me most despite not being so decisive was Ronnie.  

“For me, he will always be the best.” 

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Ronaldinho hung up his boots at the start of the year, bringing the curtain down on a glittering 20-year career, three years after his last professional game for Fluminense in the Brazilian league. 

Deco went on to admit that his best years were spent playing with the former Barcelona talisman, as he added: “We met in Barcelona and immediately connected with him, the moments I lived with him are difficult to compare to anything. It was magical.” 

The one-time Chelsea star also retired after spending his last few years with Fluminense in 2013 at the age of 35, calling time on his career after a bad run of injuries. 

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