As we hit the final round of World Cup qualifiers for Conmebol there isn’t too much to fight for but that doesn’t mean teams won’t be giving their all. Brazil may have already secured their spot in Qatar but they will still want to guarantee first place. Tite’s men are currently four points clear of second-placed Argentina but do still have a rearranged fixture against their rivals to play.
Victory over Bolivia would be enough to confirm top spot for Brazil yet again, the fourth consecutive campaign in which they have finished top of Conmebol – excluding 2014 World Cup qualifying as they were absent as tournament hosts. But what will make this campaign more special is the fact that Brazil are still unbeaten, winning 13 and drawing three of their 16 games so far. Since Conmebol moved to the one-group qualification format, Brazil are yet to finish a full campaign unbeaten.
While Brazil will be planning for Qatar in November, Bolivia have failed to qualify for the World Cup again. Bolivia are currently second from bottom in the group with just one game left to play, extending their 28-year wait for a fourth appearance at the World Cup.
There hasn’t been too much for Bolivia fans to cheer about, with 10 defeats and just four victories from 17 games. They go into this match off the back of a three-match losing streak in World Cup qualification since a shock 3-0 win over Uruguay in November, trashing 4-1 by Venezuela and 3-0 by Colombia either side of a 3-2 defeat to Chile.
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Bolivia vs Brazil: Match Stats
The 4-0 win over Chile last week saw four different players find the net for Brazil, including Neymar hitting number 71 for his nation (now just five behind Pele). But the biggest moment arguably came when Philippe Coutinho got Brazil’s third from the penalty spot, his second goal for the national team in as many matches after earning his spot back in the team.
Brazil appear to have something against letting Bolivia score. The Seleção have kept a clean sheet in each of their past five games against Bolivia, winning four of those matches while scoring 17 goals – including two 5-0 victories.
10 October 2020 – Brazil 5-0 Bolivia – World Cup Qualifying
15 June 2019 – Brazil 3-0 Bolivia – Copa America
5 October 2017 – Bolivia 0-0 Brazil – World Cup Qualifying
7 October 2016 – Brazil 5-0 Bolivia – World Cup Qualifying
6 April 2013 – Bolivia 0-4 Brazil – Friendly
Brazil have dominated this fixture in the past with 22 wins to Bolivia’s five, plus five draws. Tite’s side go into this game unbeaten in five matches with four wins since a shock 2-1 defeat in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.