Brazil (BRA) host Colombia (COL) in their upcoming CONMEBOL FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier match at the Neo Quimica Arena in Sao Paulo on Friday, November 12. The match will kick off at 6:00 AM IST.
Under the tutelage of head coach Tite, the Seleção have been the most dominant side in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers, winning 10 of their 11 matches so far. The only match that Brazil drew was against Colombia, when these two South American teams played out a goalless draw in October. With 31 points from 11 games, Neymar-led Brazil are currently leading the CONMEBOL FIFA World Cup 2022 standings.
On the other hand, Colombia have secured just a solitary win in their last five matches in the CONMEBOL FIFA World Cup qualifiers and need to claim maximum points against Brazil in order to stay in contention for FIFA World Cup 2022 qualification. Under manager Reinaldo Rueda, Colombia have 16 points from 12 matches and are currently fourth in the standings.
BRA vs COL Dream11 Prediction
Brazil hold a superior head-to-head record against Colombia in international football, winning 20 of the 34 matches that they have played so far. Colombia have clinched just three victories while 11 matches have ended in draws.
Going by their head-to-head record and recent form, hosts Brazil will start as overwhelming favourites in the upcoming encounter.
BRA vs COL Dream11 team tips for CONMEBOL World Cup 2022 qualifiers
Top tip: Best forward
Brazil national football team talisman Neymar has been one of the standout players in the ongoing CONMEBOL FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers. The 29-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward has bagged seven goals as well as provided seven assists for the Seleção in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers and he’s likely to add to his tally against Colombia on Friday.
Top tip: Best midfielder
While Colombian star midfielder James Rodriguez is expected to play for his country after almost a year, Los Cafeteros will rely on Wilmar Barrios to win the midfield battle against a formidable Brazilian side. Playing for Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg, Barrios has been impressive and has played a pivotal role in helping Zenit stay at the top of the Russian Premier League standings. He will look to continue his good form for Colombia against Brazil with his sharp defensive instincts from the centre of the park.
Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper
Colombia have not conceded a single goal in their last three matches courtesy of their centre-back pairing of Yerry Mina and Carlos Cuesta. While both have been rock solid at the back, Mina has stolen the show. The former FC Barcelona defender has made some decisive tackles and also helped his younger partner Cuesta blossom in the heart of the defence. Yerry Mina is once again expected to play an important role for Colombia if they are to secure maximum points from the clash.
For the goalkeeper spot, one must pick Brazil custodian Ederson Moraes over David Ospina of Colombia. Ederson is currently one of the best goalkeepers in the world and his presence will give confidence to any backline.
BRA vs COL probable playing XI
BRA probable XI (4-2-3-1): Ederson Moraes (goalkeeper); Emerson Royal, Thiago Silva (captain), Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Fabinho, Fred; Lucas Paquetá, Neymar, Raphinha; Gabriel Jesus
COL probable XI (4-3-3): David Ospina (captain and goalkeeper); Johan Mojica, Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina, Juan Cuadrado; Mateus Uribe, Wilmar Barrios, Juan Fernando Quintero; Luis Diaz, Luis Muriel, Duvan Zapata
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