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No dancing in delight for these village people

THE international break always gives us a good chance to work on our geography - things were so much easier when Europe was made up of half the countries it is now - and I was well and truly stumped by one name on the Sunday coupon.

However, on this occasion I am not talking about Faroe Islands, Georgia or Armenia, but FA Trophy finalists North Ferriby, who had me stumped ahead of their big day out at Wembley against Wrexham.

Wikipedia says North Ferriby is a village and civil parish in the Haltemprice area of the East Riding of Yorkshire which is a nice way of saying Hull, but what an occasion it will be for the Conference North side and boss Billy Heath sounded confident enough.

"If we play the match then I think we have a chance,” said Heath.

They’ve certainly got a better chance of winning if they play the match but my money is on Wrexham.

Wembley is no place for novices - unless your name is Harry Kane - and the fact a number of those in the Dragons squad have played at the stadium previously in the FA Trophy final and Conference playoff final must be a positive for Wrexham.

That is the big game in London sorted, while the other dust-up from the capital sees Brazil clashing with Chile and I like the look of the Selecao to win at the Emirates.

Brazil have bounced back really well from the minor blow of losing 7-1 against Germany in their home World Cup semi-finals and they also have a remarkable record in friendlies.

The Brazilian boys have won their last 16 matches when there is nothing riding on the result.

I know Chile rested players, but they still lost 2-0 against Iran in midweek while Dunga’s boys were bashing France in Paris so it’s the Wrexham-Brazil double for me.

And I can safely say that’s the first time I have ever said that.

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19:45 TODAY SS1

Burton v Stevenage

Home Win Draw Away Win
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  • Burton have won nine of their last 11 home matches
Expert verdict
Four successive wins have put Burton in the League Two driving seat and their impressive home record can be further improved against Stevenage. The Hertfordshire outfit have won one away game in six – at lowly Hartlepool – and a trip to the Pirelli appears a tough assignment.