Brazil will look to make it two out of two in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying when they face Peru on Wednesday at 1 AM (UK time).
The Seleção breezed past Bolivia in their opening match with the likes of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho running riot in a 5-0 win.
But Tite’s side will face a much tougher challenge in the form of Peru, who came from behind to draw 2-2 with Paraguay last time out.
Brazil beat Peru 3-1 in the 2019 Copa America final but lost 1-0 against La Blanquirroja in their last meeting just two months later.
Can Peru win back-to-back games against Brazil for the first time in their history? Or will South America’s most powerful force assert their dominance once more?
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Peru & Brazil’s previous line-ups:
- Peru (vs Paraguay): Gallese; Advincula, Zambrano, Abram, Trauco; Tapia; Carrillo, Aquino, Yotun, Cueva; Ruidiaz*.
- Brazil (vs Bolivia): Weverton; Danilo, Marquinhos, Silva, Lodi; Coutinho, Casemiro, Luiz; Everton, Firmino, Neymar.
Ricardo Gareca will be without both Raul Ruidiaz and Alex Varela through illness.
Alisson and Gabriel Jesus were injured during training for their respective clubs so haven’t joined up with the Brazil squad, while Tite may bring Fabinho back into midfield after starting David Luiz there last time out.
Players to watch:
- Peru: La Blanquirroja scored more than one goal in a single game for the first time in six attempts last time out — a run which dates back to last year’s 3-0 Copa America semi-final win over Chile. Former Sporting CP and Watford forward Andre Carrillo was responsible for both strikes in that 2-2 draw with Paraguay, the first a smart volley inside the near post and the second an athletic diving header to salvage a late point. Carrillo hadn’t scored for Peru since netting in their 2-0 win over Australia at the 2018 Word Cup but with the likes of Ruidiaz now sidelined, Gareca will be keen to see the Al Hilal man strike again.
- Brazil: Roberto Firmino is without a goal for Liverpool so far this season and, indeed, questions continue to be asked about his effectiveness for the Reds, despite what he’s perceived to offer away from the 18-yard-box. That said, the former Hoffenheim man is having no such troubles at international level, bagging a brace against Bolivia last time out to take his tally to 15 goals in 45 senior caps for Brazil. That might be just what Firmino needs to reignite his confidence in the final third, so Peru had better keep close tabs on his whereabouts.