The World Cup knock-out stage gets underway today, and sees host Brazil face Chile.
Brazil hasn’t lost to Chile at home in the last 95 years, but intense pressure and a Chilean team in blistering form look set to test that record.
Chile is the the underdog in the game, but after ejecting previous champions, Spain it would be wise not to underestimate them.
The visitor’s strong, fluid, attacking style has proved the undoing of other teams in this tournament, and a Brazil squad feeling the weight of expectation cannot afford to make any mistakes.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is certainly not taking any comfort in past victories.
“Statistics mean nothing,” he said. “I believe since coach (Jorge) Sampaoli arrived, the Chile team have a new dynamism, a much better performance.”
He then went on to add “Chile have [sic] a lot of quality. If I could choose, I would choose another opponent. South American teams are always tough.”
The winner of this match will progress to the quarter finals, where they will face either Colombia or Uruguay (minus Luis Suárez) next Friday.
I think this will be a hard fought match, with both teams managing to find the net.
For Brazil I think we can expect Neymar to add another goal or two to his tally, while Eduardo Vargas and Vidal pose the biggest threats on the Chilean team.
My full time score prediction is a 3-1 win for Brazil.
Will this be a win for the hosts? Or can Chile cause an upset and end the Brazilian dream ?
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