Brazil: Julio Cesar; Alves, Thiago, Luiz, Marcelo; Gustavo, Paulinho; Ramires, Oscar, Neymar; Fred.
Hulk is a major doubt with a muscle injury and looks likely to miss the match.
Mexico: Ochoa; F Rodriguez, Marquez, Moreno; Aguilar, Layun; Vazquez, Herrera; Guadrado, Dos Santos; Peralta.
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Brazil and Mexico will meet on Tuesday in Fortaleza for their second game of the World Cup
In the run up to the World Cup this fixture looked like a no brainer on paper, with the Selecao set to dominate throughout the game, but things have changed. Mexico displayed some great football against Cameroon, and were it not for the poor refereeing, they would have beaten the African side by more than just a goal.
Ironically, Brazil can thank the poor refereeing of their campaign opener with Croatia for taking the burden off their nervous performance. Perhaps Brazil would have managed to bag the three points even without the generosity of Yuichi Nishimura, granting the Selecao a penalty that simply was not and making quite controversial calls in general, but their display against Niko Kovac’s men fell short of impressive.
It’s likely that Luiz Felipe Scolari will keep his lineup identical to last Thursday’s match, with the only concern being Hulk, who suffered a minor muscle injury and is unlikely to be fit on time for Tuesday.
Brazil and Mexico have had a long history of encounters, with the Selecao coming out on top most recently in the Confederations Cup last year, while El Tricolor shattered the Brazilian dreams of a first gold medal at the Olympics. Miguel Herrera’s men beat Neymar annd his colleagues 2:0 in the final in London and surprised the entire football world.
The Brazilian squad is aware of the difficult task ahead of them, and don’t plan to take this match lightly.
“Every match against Mexico is difficult. They have players with a lot of quality. That is always the case,” said defender Henrique.
Bottom line: Brazil is superior to Mexico on paper across all positions, but Herrera’s men will not arrive to the game with too defensive of a mentality. The pairing of Dos Santos and Peralta up top, with Chicharito off the bench will try to continue to create chances down the wings if given the opportunity by the Brazil defence. Expect a tough game for the Selecao, but in the end their individual quality is going to make the difference and take the three points.
101GG Prediction: Brazil 2 – Mexico 1
Some essential facts and stats to help with online betting:
Brazil and Mexico are meeting for the fourth time at the World Cup. The Seleção have won their three previous meetings with a combined score of 11-0.
Brazil and Mexico met the last time the World Cup was held in Brazil, in the opening game of the 1950 edition at the Maracanã. The Seleção won 4-0.
Brazil and Mexico last met in the 2013 Confederations Cup, at the same venue as this game, the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men won 2-0 thanks to goals from Neymar and Jô.
Mexico have only beaten the Seleção once on Brazilian soil. It was on 31 October 1968 in a friendly (2-1).
Mexico have only won one of their 11 games at the World Cup against South American sides (2-1 v Ecuador in 2002), drawing two and losing eight.
Luiz Felipe Scolari has faced Mexico once before at the World Cup. It was in charge of Portugal in the 2006 edition. His side won 2-1 in the group stages.
Brazil have lost just one of their 34 World Cup matches in the first round/group stages of the World Cup since 1970 (W27 D6) – this came in a 1-2 defeat to Norway in their final group game of 1998 (but they had already qualified for the next stage).
The Seleção are now unbeaten in 38 successive matches in Brazil, with their last defeat coming against Paraguay (0-1 in a friendly) in August 2002.
Oribe Peralta has scored nine goals in his last seven competitive appearances for Mexico, including the winner in the opening group stage game of this tournament.