Brazil, who currently sit top of the South American World Cup qualifying table, host Chile at the Maracanã Stadium on Thursday night. Chile are sixth in the table, having played a game more than Brazil, and need points on the board if they are going to have a chance to qualify for the finals.
Only the top four nations qualify directly to the finals, the fifth-place team will go into an intercontinental play-off against an Asian country.
Brazil’s last game, back in February, saw them 4-0 winners against Guillermo Barros Schelotto's Paraguay, goals from Premier League stars Raphinha (Leeds) and Philippe Coutinho, (Aston Villa) saw them to a comfortable victory. Chile’s last game was also a successful victory against Bolivia, a narrow 3-2 win saw them keep their qualification hopes alive.
In the all-time head to head record between these South American giants, Brazil lead with an impressive 53 victories to Chile’s eight.
The last time they faced off against each other Brazil won 1-0 thanks to a second-half goal from Flamengo midfielder Everton Ribeiro. Brazil has named a strong squad for this international break, with PSG star Neymar returning to the squad.
With Brazil being the home team for this tie, we’re expecting at least two goals for them. So far in this qualification campaign, Brazil have averaged over two goals per game, scoring 32 in 15 matches so far.