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Can Brazil defeat Chile?
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It is a case of déjà vu for both Brazil and Chile as for the second consecutive World Cup they face each other in the round of 16.

A passionate Belo Horizonte crowd will roar on the host nation and this match should prove to be quite an entertaining clash.

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team will be weary of facing the Chileans despite boasting an incredible overall record against Jorge Sampaoli – Seleção are unbeaten in their last 12 matches against their fellow South Americans.

Brazil come into this knock-out round match with confidence high following their emphatic 4-1 win over Cameroon on Monday night with Neymar again staring.

It was the first time the host nation had showed the form they regularly displayed in the Confederations Cup last year and the hope will be that they continue it against Chile.

Sampaoli’s side shocked a few by finishing inside the top two of Group B and by defeating Spain 2-0 so they will cause Brazil plenty of problems.

Alexis Sánchez has been sensational for them and Gary Medel and Arturo Vidal are expected to be fit despite missing training on Thursday.

Scolari will likely bring Fernandinho in to replace Paulinho and could also replace Dani Alves with Maicon, while David Luiz is predicted to play despite some back troubles recently.

You can follow our live text commentary from an hour before this game, with updates from 16:00 BST.  

Predicted starting XI: Júlio César, Maicon, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo, Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho, Oscar, Neymar, Hulk, Fred.


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