Brazil host Paraguay in Sao Paulo on Saturday at 12:30am (UK time) as they look to continue their perfect start to World Cup 2022 qualifying.
Tite’s side have made a fantastic start to their qualifying campaign, hammering Bolivia 5-0 before beating Peru 4-2 in the previous international break in October.
That high-scoring start sees Brazil second in the early Conmebol qualifying group, one point behind rivals Argentina, though they have played one game more.
The hosts will be confident of keeping up their momentum this weekend against an out-of-form Venezuela who failed to score in their first two matches.
Jose Peseiro’s team have struggled so far, following up a 3-0 defeat by Colombia with a disappointing 1-0 home loss against Paraguay.
History is not in the away team’s favour either. Brazil have an outstanding record against Venezuela, having won 21, drawn three and lost just two of their fixtures against them.
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- UK: N/A
- US: Fanatiz
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Brazil & Venezuela’s previous line-ups:
- Brazil (vs Peru): Weverton; Danilo, Marquinhos, Silva, Lodi; Casemiro*, Luiz, Coutinho*; Richarlison, Neymar*, Firmino.
- Venezuela (vs Paraguay): Farinez; Feltscher, Chancellor, Angel, Rosales; Herrera, Rincon, Casseres; Machis, Otero, Cordova*.
Tite is certain to make changes to his previous starting line-up, with the likes of Fabinho, Phillippe Coutinho and Casemiro unavailable.
Neymar is also out with a groin strain which has seen him miss Paris Saint-Germain’s last three games, but Alisson and Gabriel Jesus are back to full fitness.
Adalberto Penaranda, Sergio Cordova and Nahuel Ferraresi are all absent from Venezuela’s squad.
Players to watch:
- Brazil: The loss of Neymar is a huge one for Brazil. The 28-year-old is just as important to his national side as he is to PSG and his absence is undoubtedly a blow. Considering the fact that Roberto Firmino has scored just one goal in 12 appearances for Liverpool this season, the burden of goalscoring may well fall on Everton’s Richarlison. The forward has scored a respectable seven goals in 21 appearances for his country, including one in their last game against Peru, and will relish the increased responsibility.
- Venezuela: If Venezuela are going to turn around their poor start and avoid a thrashing against South America’s most potent attack then they are going to need captain Tomas Rincon to perform to the best of his ability. The Torino midfielder has won 103 caps for his country since making his debut in 2008 and therefore has a wealth of experience. The 32-year-old will need to draw on all of it to pull his troops together in Sao Paulo.
Scoreline prediction: Brazil 3-0 Venezuela
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