Brazil has a golden chance to confirm their spot in the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers this week when they host Uruguay. The match schedules for Friday at the Arena Amazonia, with kickoff at 3:30 am.
Both sides come off with disappointing results in their last fixtures in the qualifiers. Brazil settled for a 0-0 draw to Colombia, whereas Uruguay suffered a 3-0 loss to Argentina.
During the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Brazil was held to a goalless draw by Colombia. Although this result ended Brazil’s perfect start, the Selecao are still on top of their group after two matches.
Furthermore, Brazil has a five-point lead over Argentina in CONMEBOL qualifying – and have the best defensive record – while conceding just three goals in their first ten games.
The 22 goals scored by Brazil at the right end of the pitch are also a continental best, but if their attackers have another day off as they did against Colombia, they could jeopardize their position at the top of the ladder.
On the other hand, Lionel Messi scored his 80th international goal for Argentina at the weekend, becoming the first male footballer in South America to reach this milestone against Uruguay.
Though Uruguay has won just two of its last eight World Cup qualifying matches, it is still in fourth place, but fifth-place Colombia is one point behind it.
Brazil vs Uruguay Head to Head
Both sides have seven games against each other, with Brazil taking three wins while opponents without one. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Brazil 0-0 Colombia
- Venezuela 1-3 Brazil
- Brazil 2-0 Peru
- Chile 0-1 Brazil
- Argentina 1-0 Brazil
- Argentina 3-0 Uruguay
- Uruguay 0-0 Colombia
- Uruguay 1-0 Ecuador
- Bolivia 2-4 Uruguay
- Peru 1-1 Uruguay
Brazil Team News
After seeing Casemiro cancel the games in October due to injury, Militao faced Uruguay with back pain and may not be available on Thursday. However, according to a recent report, Thiago Silva is more than able to represent on the side Marquinhos for the time being.
Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Barbosa both ran the risk of losing their places after trying to make an impact the last time in the final third.
Uruguay Team News
The opponents welcome Rodrigo Bentancur from his suspension for the trip to Brazil, and the Juventus man should immediately move into midfield with a form change for the guests.
Prediction and Odds
Brazil won all their away games in the group stage of the World Cup qualifiers, and we expect the same this week
- Brazil Win
- Double Chance
- Goals under 2.5