Venue – Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte; Date – 28th June 2014; Time – 9:30 pm IST;
After an exciting group stage, we now move on to the next phase of the world cup with the knock out round otherwise known as the pre quarter finals. Teams were given multiple chances to rectify errors as they utilized all the assigned three games to march on to the next round. It is however a do or die situation henceforth. You make one wrong move, and you find yourself out of the most prestigious tournament in the world.
The first match of the round of 16 features hosts Brazil taking on a red hot Chile side. Both the Latin American outfits have made commendable exploits in the group stages and lock horns tonight at Belo Horizonte. A buoyant Chile side will be Brazil’s first ‘real test’ in the tournament and the Samba boys must be up for the task. With both teams scoring quite a lot of goals in their group stage encounters, the match indeed promises to be a high scoring affair.
Key factors in the match
Brazil is blessed with some quality midfielders, but their strike force has been a constant worry which has been subject to a lot of criticism. Scholari has preferred Fred despite a lot of stick and the striker has to perform to quiten his detractors.
Neymar was tipped as the guy to earn the golden boot and the Barcelona man has stuck to the task. With 4 goals already to his credit, he has been in red hot form and will look to add more to his tally.
Chile striker Alexis Sanchez holds all the aces in the game. He has been a pivotal part of their campaign and will know his Barcelona colleagues in Alves, Neymar rather too well.
Brazil have beaten Chile in all their 3 previous world cup encounters
Brazil are unbeaten in 40 successive matches
Chile have conceded 32 goals in their last 9 matches against Brazil
Chile have scored 80% of their goals in this year’s world cup in the first half
Predictions Galore: Let us have a look at what the big guns have to say:
Goal.com: 2-1 to Brazil
BBC: 2-0 to Brazil
SB Nation: 2-1 to Brazil
Bleacher Report: 2-1 to Brazil