Brazil vs Chile – Surprisingly difficult exam for host of the championship

World Cup 2014
Round of 16
Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 17:00 GMT (13:00 Local time)
Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte

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As expected, Brazil advanced to the eighth finals of the World Cup from the first position in the Group A, but they have not shown a play worthy of the main favorites in this tournament. On the other hand, their next opponent, a young and talented team of Chile, has gained the sympathy of the sports public, because of their feistiness and team spirit that they have presented in three matches of the group stage of the competition. Therefore, Brazil is waiting this match-up with mild anxiety.

Brazil wins, but Brazil does not delight the crowd with the beauty of the game. But victories are an aim of every competition, so the fans of Brazil will not blame their players for such victory until they last. Although Scolari has preferred a defensive model of play, with less risk to defense, it has appeared that the defense has been the weakest part of the team in the group stage’s matches. Because of this, Brazil will have to play more offensive against Chile, because this team’s games in the Group B have showed that Chile has been the most dangerous when their opponents allowed them taking the initiative. The solution could likely be in the change of the starting line-up, where Fernandinho and Ramires could get a chance to start the game instead of unconvincing Paulinho and Hulk. However, knowing how Scolari thinks, we can expect such changes only in the second half.

Probable line-up of Brazil (4-2-3-1): Julio Cesar – Dani Alves, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Marcelo – Paulinho, Luiz Gustavo – Hulk, Oscar, Neymar – Fred

Chile has won the sympathy of fans outside the country, thanks to their swaying attack, showing a game which football fans like to watch. However, it must be recognized that an extremely bad form of the Spanish national team contributed them to achieve the placement in the next round, because the match against the other strong opponent in the group, the team of the Netherlands, has revealed their weaknesses. They have maintained a balance in the middle of the field in the most part of the match, but absence of Vidal in that game left attackers Sanchez and Vargas without usable balls. Vidal will be in the game this time, but there is no doubt that Scolari has understood which link is the strongest in the Chilean chain. Given that Vidal has recovered from injury, coach Sampaoli has the strongest team available.

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Probable line-up of Chile (3-4-1-2): Bravo – Silva, Medel, Jara – Isla, Aranguiz, Diaz, Mena – Vidal – Sanchez, Vargas

Brazil vs Chile Match Prediction

Chile had a bad experience in the matches against Brazil in the past, achieving only four wins in history of their official matches against each other. They have never beat the home selection in Brazil, so I do not think it will happen at this World Cup, despite the fact that this is one of the strongest teams of Chile in their recent history. However, Chile will do everything in their power to stop Brazilian attacks and possibly exploit the weaknesses of the defense of Brazil. Over 2.5 Goals and Neymar Anytime Goalscorer.

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