Preview: Chile vs Brazil – prediction, team news, lineups
South American giants Brazil will look to maintain their 100% World Cup qualifying record when they travel to Chile on Friday.
The visitors have won each of their last 12 away international matches, while the hosts have lost just one of their last eight home matches.
Brazil returns to international action this week for the first time since losing in the Copa América final to Argentina in July.
Tite’s team achieved five wins and a draw heading into the main event, where a first-half goal from Ángel Di María condemned Verde-Amarela to their first international defeat since November 2019, when they were also defeated by Argentina.
Brazil now turns its attention to qualifying for the World Cup, where it remains the only South American team to have a perfect record in the first six games, scoring 16 goals and conceding just two in the process.
Before he wants to take revenge against Argentina on Sunday, he will face a team from Chile that they have beaten in three of their last four games, without conceding a goal.
Brazil are currently undefeated in each of their last 23 World Cup qualifying matches, although their last loss was against Chile, losing 2-0 in 2015.
Tite is aware of the threats the visitors can pose but is confident that his team can secure all three points on Friday.
As for Chile, Brazil ended their 2021 Copa América campaign in the quarterfinals, as the 2015 and 2016 champions were narrowly beaten 1-0, despite their opponents being reduced to 10 men three minutes after the break.
La Roja are currently in the midst of a troubling run that has seen them win just one of their last seven international matches and just one game in six World Cup qualifiers.
In addition to beating Peru 2-0 at home, Chile suffered 2-1 away losses to Uruguay and Venezuela, in addition to claiming three draws against Colombia, Argentina, and Bolivia.
Martín Lasarte’s men are seventh in the current standings with six points, two points behind fourth-placed Uruguay, which occupies the last place in the standings.
Success on Friday is unlikely, although they will need to change their fortunes quickly to ensure they don’t fall further behind the leading group.
Chile possible starting lineup:
Bravo; Isla, Medel, Maripan, Mena; Vidal, Aranguiz, Pulgar; Jimenez; Meneses, Vargas
Brazil possible starting lineup:
Weverton; Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Militao, Sandro; Casemiro, Guimaraes; Ribeiro, Paqueta, Neymar; Barbosa