Brazil To Face Columbia For World Cup 2022 Qualifiers.

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Brazil will face Columbia on 11th November for the World Cup qualifiers.

This is not a very crucial match for the hosts as they are undefeated. They are also at the top of the table whereas Columbia is fourth.

Columbia is struggling as they are unable to secure points. 5 of their 6 previous matches have ended in a draw. Arguably considering that they faced Uruguay and Brazil, both good opponents. Their inability to score is ultimately affecting them.

Predicted lineup for Brazil against Columbia.

There is a new returnee for the Brazilian squad, the FC Barcelona player Coutinho. Phillippe Coutinho has shown glimpses of playing well and consistently. He had earned some more minutes under ex Barca manager, Ronald Koeman. Barcelona did not have options in attack at that time but Coutinho was their best player.

Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr is in the form of his life. The Brazilian has 16 G/A in 16 games including La Liga and the Champions League. In the league, he has 10 G/A in 12 games and 6 G/A in the Champions League. (Source: Transfermarkt).

He also scored an incredible solo goal against Shakhtar Donetsk. Despite this, he has not been selected. This implies that Brazil can play with Raphinha, Neymar and Lucas Paqueta.

Who is Brazil’s best player currently and why?

Brazil has an excellent record in the World Cup qualifiers. They have 10 wins and 1 draw in 11 games. There is one player in particular who has shone for them and will continue to do so.

Neymar Jr

Neymar Jr is a phenomenal player. Arguably known to be the third-best footballer this generation after Messi and Ronaldo. He has been the best player for Brazil over the years. Arguably it can be said that Neymar is overrated because of Brazil’s legendary past. Brazil has a legendary reputation in football because of Ronaldinho, Ronaldo Nazario and many more. Ever since these legends retired, Neymar stood up.

In 2021, Neymar Jr was leading the rankings in many stats for Brazil. 

In Copa America 

Most Successful dribbles – 5.8 per match

Most Big chances created -9 

First in Key passes made – 3.5 per match (Total 21)

Most in terms of possession won from midfield-  12 times

2nd most in terms of assists behind Messi- 3

Source: FOTMOB

In the World Cup qualifiers, he established a new record. Neymar Jr has scored 11 goals over the years in the qualifiers. This implies that he is now at par with legends Romario and Zico.

What’s next for Brazil and Columbia as they clash against each other?

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