Selecao is back in action at the World Cup 2022 qualifiers this midweek. They will encounter the dark horse of the current CONMEBOL qualifiers, Ecuador. Despite being the favourite here as they are leading the table, Tite’s men have to be careful as Enner Valencia and Co have displayed their top form so far and clinched in the last three games, including the tough ones against Uruguay and Colombia. The match will be staged in Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro.
Both teams’ updated news
Tite apparently still sticks to his regular guns in his current squad with Neymar, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Roberto Firmino, Fabinho and Alisson Brecker. However, two young stars in La Liga, Real Betis’ Emerson Royal and Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid managed to make the cut.
Ecuador under Gustavo Alfaro determined to include seven uncapped names in the current squad for the next two fixtures against Brasil and Peru. They are a combination of youngsters and veterans. There are 19-year old Piero Hincapie from Talleres, the 23-year old CSKA Sofia man Jordy Caicedo, Independiente del Valle young goalie, Moises Ramirez, while the senior names are 34-year old goalkeeper , Hernan Galindez of Universidad Catolica, Barcelona defender Luis Leon and his teammate, the 35-year old Damian Diaz plus Emelec man Dixon Arroyo.
Tite will still be deploying the attacking football in 4-2-3-1 formation. Roberto Firmino will be leading the attack alongside Neymar with Gabi Jesus and Richarlison operating on both flanks.
Gustavo Alfaro is likely to be in favour of the same tactical approach relying on pressing and physical while attacking. Michael Estrada and Enner Valencia will be the frontmen supported by Moises Caicedo and Angel Mena on the second line.
Players to watch
The superstar Neymar is still one of the key figures in Selecao with 64 goals in 103 appearances. Some other notable names to watch in this tricky fixture are Roberto Firmino, Casemiro, Fabinho and PSG centre back, Marquinhos.
Ecuador’s key men are surely Enner Valencia, who currently plays for Fenerbahce, and Villareal’s new signing, Pervis Estupinan. Some other potential names with vital roles in the future are Sporting Lisbon’s Gonzalo Plata, the promising youngster Moises Caicedo and Toluca forward Michael Estrada.
Brasil vs Ecuador Possible result
Neymar and Co are expected to continue their positive trend in the qualifiers. However, Gustavo Alfaro’s side could potentially push Brasil to their limit before being able to score in the end. The home side might still manage to come out as a winner but not in a big score. It could be a thriller or a narrow win. Yet, it will be in one-goal difference.
The home side is the favourite. Tite’s side is backed to win at -391. The value for a draw is at +470, whereas Ecuador’s odds to win are only at +1025.