Craig Levein's Sotland are set for a difficult challenge this afternoon as they face off against Brazil at the Emirates Stadium. Levein is obviously keen to see how his side matches up against one of the World's great Nations, a spirited performance today will be another sign of progress for the Scottish National side.
Levein's men are coming into the match on the back of two 3-0 wins against the Faroe Islands and Northern Island. However, it is perhaps the recent spirited 3-2 defeat to the current World and European Champions Spain that shows just how far Scotland has come as a footballing Nation. Brazil however, will be heavily backed to teach Scotland a footballing lesson in London today.
The multiple-time World Champions are continuing their preparations for this Summer's Copa America which begins in July. Brazil will be missing AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato for this afternoon's tie after he sprained his ankle, and Villarreal striker Nilmar is also doubtful. Internacional's Leandro Damiao has been drafted into the squad as cover as a result, Damiao is currently uncapped but could be set for his debut after scoring 13 goals this year. Pato's team-mate Robinho has been left out of the squad after captaining the side in their most recent fixture, in which they lost 1-0.
The Scots are set to start with the talented trio of Charlie Adam, Barry Bannan and Kris Commons, who all started against the Faroe Islands in their last outing. Defender Phil Bardsley is ruled out with a knee injury, while Iain Turner has also withdrawn from the squad. Robert Snodgrass is set to continue his international career, while Celtic captain Scott Brown is doubtful after suffering a hamstring injury last Sunday against Rangers, but travelled with the squad.
Scotland will also be without Manchester United's Darren Fletcher, who misses the game through injury, and West Brom's James Morrison is doubtful but looks determined to play after needing stiches after their 2-2 draw against Arsenal.
Todays tie could easily be a footballing lesson for Scotland, however, the London ground will be much more familiar territory for much of the Scotland side with much of the Brazil squad travelling from around the world, so, there is every chance of Scotland leaving London with a result.