Italy v Brazil: 10 Vital Statistics


10. Italy and Brazil meet for the eighth time in history on Thursday night, with the 2014 World Cup hosts boasting a 4-1 win-loss record over the Azzurri. Another Brazil victory is priced at 2.05.

9. The last time these sides met was four years ago at the 2009 Confederations Cup. Brazil won 3-0 to secure their third ever clean sheet over Italy and are priced at 19.00 to record the same result.

8. Italy are on a six-game winless streak in international friendlies stretching back to a 2-0 victory over Poland in November 2011. Cesare Prandelli’s men are 3.50 to win in Geneva.

7. Brazil haven’t won a match in three after losing 2-1 to both England and Argentina since a 1-1 draw with Colombia last November. Another 2-1 defeat is available at 12.50.

6. These sides last met in a World Cup at the USA ’94 final, which ended 0-0. Brazil won the subsequent penalty shoot-out to lift their fourth World Cup and another goalless draw is priced at 9.50.

Watch highlights of that shoot-out here: 

5. Italy striker Mario Balotelli has scored seven goals in six games for Milan since his transfer to the Serie A club in January. The 22-year-old is 7.00 to score first on Thursday.

4. Brazil forward Neymar has scored just once for club side Santos since drawing a blank against England in February. The striker is match favourite at 5.75 to net first.

3. Barcelona defender Dani Alves is in line to make his 60th appearance for Brazil on Thursday. The right-back has scored five international goals and is 14.00 to net at any time.

2. Italy have scored in each of their last seven games since losing 4-0 to Spain in the Euro 2012 final last summer. The Azzurri are 1.42 to net at any time.

1. Roma’s Daniele De Rossi is yet to score for his club this season yet has netted three in four internationals for his country. The Italian is 22.00 to score first or last on Thursday.