Brazil vs Venezuela: Projected Lineup, Injury Updates, Head-to-Head Analysis, and Telecast Information

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Brazil vs Venezuela: Projected Lineup, Injury Updates, Head-to-Head Analysis, and Telecast Information

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The football world is buzzing with anticipation as we approach one of the exciting matches in the 2026 CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers. Brazil, the five-time world champions, are set to welcome Venezuela to the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. Brazil is aiming for their third consecutive victory in this tournament, while Venezuela is looking to pull off an astonishing upset by securing back-to-back World Cup qualifiers for the first time since 2009. In this match preview, we will delve into the team dynamics, the players to watch, and the historical context of this encounter.

Brazil’s Dominance

Brazil, the powerhouse of South American football, is in formidable form as they enter this crucial qualifier. Under the interim head coach, Fernando Diniz, who is also managing Fluminense, Brazil has won their first two games in charge last month. They began with a comfortable 5-1 victory over Bolivia, a match where Rodrygo and Neymar both scored twice. The team’s spirit and goal-scoring prowess were on full display. They followed this victory with a narrow 1-0 success against Peru, thanks to a 90th-minute header from Marquinhos.

What’s truly remarkable is that Brazil has never lost a World Cup qualifier on home soil. Their perfect record at home extends to 15 matches, dating back to September 2016. During this streak, they have scored an impressive 46 goals while conceding just three. This dominance has cemented their reputation as an indomitable force in South American football.

Venezuela’s Ascent

Venezuela, on the other hand, has shown glimpses of promise under their head coach, Fernando Batista. Batista took charge in March and has won four out of his first six games in all competitions. While they couldn’t follow up their back-to-back 1-0 friendly wins over Honduras and Guatemala with victory against Colombia in their opening World Cup qualifier, they quickly bounced back with a 1-0 success over Paraguay.

A defining moment in their recent campaign came when they seemed on course to secure a draw against Paraguay, a team known for its struggles in front of the goal. However, a 90th-minute penalty, awarded after a VAR review, allowed Salomon Rondon to score his 40th international goal, securing all three points for Venezuela.

Historically, Venezuela is the underdog in this encounter. They have only beaten Brazil once in their history, a 2-0 friendly triumph in Boston back in June 2008. The odds are stacked against them, but in football, surprises can happen when you least expect them.

Match Details

  • Kick-Off: Friday, October 13, 2023, 06:00 AM (IST) Arena Pantanal, in Cuiabá, Brazil.

Form

  • Brazil: L L W L W W
  • Venezuela: W D W W L W

Players to Watch

  • Neymar (Brazil): The former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain player made a much-discussed summer transfer to Saudi Pro League team Al-Hilal. The 31-year-old has so far contributed three assists in the Saudi league, but it took him more than a month to score for his new team, coming against FC Nassaji in the AFC Champions League.
  • Yeferson Soteldo (Venezuela): Yeferson Soteldo is a Venezuelan football player who competes for Santos and the country’s squad. He can play as an attacking midfielder, although his primary position is left winger.

Match Facts

  • Brazil’s last 10 home games have featured at least two goals in 7 of those games.
  • Brazil’s last 10 home games have resulted in 7 clean sheets.
  • Venezuela’s last 10 away games have resulted in zero victories.
  • 9 of Venezuela’s last 10 away games have ended in losses.

Team News and Injuries

For Brazil, quartet Raphinha, Renan Lodi, Vanderson, and Caio Henrique have withdrawn from the squad due to injury. Joelinton and Eder Militao continue to recover from knee problems and have not been selected. The competition for the left-back position will see Guilherme Arana and the uncapped Carlos Augusto battling for a starting spot alongside Danilo, Marquinhos, and Gabriel Magalhaes.

The goalkeeping position might see Ederson starting for the third consecutive game, ahead of Alisson Becker. In attack, Neymar is set to become Brazil’s second most-capped player of all time, and he might be joined by Real Madrid’s Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior, as well as either Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus or Tottenham Hotspur’s Richarlison.

On the Venezuelan side, head coach Batista is expected to make minimal changes to the lineup that secured a victory against Paraguay. Alexander Gonzalez is set to feature at right-back in a four-man defense alongside Wilker Angel, Yordan Osorio, and Miguel Navarro. Players like Tomas Rincon, Yeferson Soteldo, Roberto Rosales, and Nahuel Ferraresi will be vying for a place in the starting eleven.

Head-to-Head

Matches: 5

  • Brazil: 4
  • Draw: 1
  • Venezuela: 0

Predicted Lineup for Brazil vs Venezuela:

Brazil Predicted Lineup

Ederson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Gabriel, Arana; Guimaraes, Casemiro; Rodrygo, Neymar, Vinicius Jr; Jesus

Venezuela Predicted Lineup

Romo; Gonzalez, Osorio, Angel, Navarro; Sosa, Rincon, Herrera, Soteldo; Josef Martinez, Rondon

Reference

https://khelnow.com/football/2023-10-world-football-brazil-vs-venezuela-predicted-lineup-injury-news-telecast

https://khelnow.com/football/2023-10-world-football-brazil-squad-october-international-break

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