Selecao and Peru are squaring off again in the semifinal after the final in the previous edition plus the encounter at the group stage. Neymar and Co are still the dominant side as usual and expected to continue such trend despite losing Gabi Jesus for his suspension. Brasil’s squad has more than enough to advance to the final, hopefully facing off their archrival.
Both teams’ previous games
Tite’s men had to struggle to win 1-0 over Chile at the quarterfinals. Their single winning goal came from Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta. He took advantage of the deflected ball in the six yard box before slotting it home.
Meanwhile, Peru needed to go through penalties to eliminate Paraguay. After being held in a 3-3 thriller, they won 4-3 in a shoot out. Gianluca Lapadula’s brace and Yotun’s goal responded Gustavo Gomez’s, Junior Alonso’s and Avalos’ goals.
Tite will still stick to his 4-2-3-1 formation with Neymar as the center of their attacking build-up supported by Richarlison and Everton Ribeiro on both flanks. Roberto Firmino or Gabriel Barbosa will be featuring as the frontman. Gabi Jesus is the only name on the sideline due to serving the ban as he was sent off in the previous fixture.
His counterpart, Ricardo Gareca might have to deploy 4-5-1 to avoid another defeat if possible or avoiding another defeat. The absence of Andre Carillo is a major blow. The Argentine boss would pick Sergio Pena to cover his absence while in the midfield, Renato Tapia, Yotun and Christian Cueva are operating in the middle.
Players to watch
Brasilian superstar Neymar has been the key man in the attack so far. The PSG man has netted twice so far. Some other notable names to watch are Everton winger Richarlison, the skipper Casemiro, and the Liverpool trio, Alisson Brecker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino.
Peru’s main scorer for this fixture is Benevento’s Gianluca Lapadula who has just scored his first international goals at the quarter finals. Another key man to watch here is Celta Vigo defensive midfielder, Renato Tapia.
Brasil vs Peru Prediction
The absence of Andre Carillo shall be the advantage for Tite’s side as they could have less threat on their defence line. Brasil will definitely be able to come out as a winner again, especially judging from their last two meetings. The big win might not be the result here. Yet, the home side is the absolute victor.
As the clear favourite, Brasil is backed to win at -400, while the value for a draw is at +450, whereas Pedro Gallese and Co’s odds to win are only at +1400.