South American giants Brazil and Chile will go head-to-head to qualify for the Copa America 2021 semifinals.
As of now, Brazil has advanced to the knockout stage more or less uncontested. In their final group game against Ecuador, they were tied 1-1. However, after winning all three of their matches at Copa America 2021, it was enough to finish in first place in their group.
The 10-game winning streak for Brazil ended in the match against Ecuador. During the 55th minute, Angel Mena canceled out Eder Militao’s first-half strike. Thus, Brazil’s top players will need to deliver against Chile in Friday’s quarter-final match.
In terms of its group stage performance, Chile did not do too well. Lasarte’s side finished fourth in Group A after a 2-0 loss against Paraguay in the final match of the group stage.
Thus far, they have only won one game in Copa America 2021, a match against Bolivia, which finished bottom of the group with no points. The Chileans will have a tough task on Friday when they face a talented Brazilian side
Brazil vs Chile Head-to-Head (LAST TIME)
In head-to-head matches, Brazil has dominated Chile. 72 battles have been fought between the two sides so far. Despite losing 51 of their matches during the year, Brazil won 13 of them and eight of them ended in draws. During the last ten matchups, Brazil has won eight matches while Chile has won one.
Brazil won 3-0 in their last playoff in October 2017.
Brazil form guide: W-W-W-W-D
Chile form guide: D-D-W-D-L
Brazil vs Chile Team News
Brazil are expected to start the final group stage game against Ecuador with the full strength starting XI they fielded in the final group stage match against Ecuador. Brazil rested several key players in that game. Neither the players nor the coaching staff have any injury concerns. Fabinho and Douglas Luiz will likely be replaced in midfield by Fred and Casemiro.
The Tite squad is expected to be led by Neymar, Richarlison, and Gabriel Jesus.
Alexis Sanchez will be unavailable for Chile, since he is recovering from an injury the team picked up prior to the tournament. Arturo Vidal, Guillermo Maripan, Erick Pulgar, and Jean Meneses are expected to support Eduardo Vargas in leading the line.
Injuries: Alexis Sanchez
Brazil vs Chile Predicted Lineups
Brazil Predicted XI (4-3-3): Alisson Becker; Danilo, Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Lucas Pacqueta, Fred; Richarlison, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus
Chile Predicted XI (4-3-3): Claudio Bravo; Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Guillermo Maripan, Eugenio Mena; Erick Pulgar, Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz; Ben Brereton, Jean Meneses, Eduardo Vargas
Brazil vs Chile Prediction
Their strength has waned and many of their aging stars are showing signs of fading, so they have had difficulty hitting their stride. Chile has struggled while Brazil has played well. This should be a case where Brazil comes out on top.