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Brazil Vs Mexico: Key Players And Line-Ups As El Tricolor Looks To Upset Selecao Dream

Brazil Vs Mexico, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia

Round Of 16 Match: Brazil Vs Mexico

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The Round of 16 has kicked off and in absolute style with some of the tournament favourites out of the FIFA World Cup 2018 already. After the heartbreak of the defending champions at the hands of South Korea, the tournament looked to stabilize itself with most of the expected teams qualifying for the knockout stages.

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However, commencement of the Round Of 16 has seen some more upsets. Contenders like Argentina, Spain, Portugal out of the race just after the Round of 16 is quite a bit unexpected. Argentina was ousted by France by a 4-2 margin, Portugal beaten 2-1 by Uruguay and Spain surprised 1-1 by Russia with the hosts winning via penalties. With such results, this year’s World Cup can be appropriately termed as the Cup of the Underdogs.

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But Brazil will surely look to separate itself from the lot and beat El Tricolor in tonight’s Brazil Vs Mexico fixture. The Selecao would definitely want to make a double hat-trick of the World Cup trophy. Meanwhile, Mexico will be ready to setup another upset as they did in the 1-0 win against Germany during the group stages.

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Head-To-Head:

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The Brazil Vs Mexico fixture have taken place 40 times in footballing history with more than half ending in a win for the Selecao: 23 wins and 7 draws with Mexico getting lucky 10 times.

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But, Mexico have won none of their four previous encounters in the World Cup with Brazil winning 3 times and drawing once. Moreover, Mexico haven’t even scored a single goal in the previous four Brazil Vs Mexico matches conceding 11 goals.

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Brazil:

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Brazil qualified for the knock-out stage as the leaders of Group E with seven points in 3 matches: 1-1 draw against Switzerland in the opening fixture, 2-0 win against Costa Rica as well as Serbia in the group stages.

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With the no. of upsets increasing day by day, Brazil would be cautious of the curse and focus to get over the barrier of the underdogs. With only France remaining among the contenders, this should become more easier for Brazil to win this year’s FIFA World Cup, but would be wary of the dark horses.

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With a possible Quarter-final fixture against Belgium, the prime dark horses of the tournament, on the cards, Selecao should take lessons from the rattled matches. One big bad news for Brazil could be Marcelo who was forced off the field with 9 minutes into the Brazil Vs Serbia game with Filipe Luis.

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Key Players:

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Phillipe Coutinho (Barcelona)

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The actual saviour of Brazil, Coutinho again showed his class with a classic assist for Brazil’s first goal against Serbia. Currently, the Barcelona man has been directly linked with three of the five goals scored so far by the Brazilians in the tournament and fans would be wanting for more from the young player.

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Capable of playing as an attacking midfielder as well a winger, the 26 year-old needs to take the responsibility of taking Brazil to the higher stages of the World Cup especially after Neymar faultering in all cases. Phillipe Coutinho’s contribution will be highly impactful in tonight’s Brazil Vs Mexico.

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Thiago Silva (Paris St. Germain)

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The PSG defender has been absolutely sensational in defense for the Selecao helping Brazil and Allison keep 2 clean sheets. Besides captaining the side, his presence on the field bolsters the confidence of the defense.

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The 33 year-old defender needs to remain authoritative and mature in-front of the goal and maintain the defense-line discipline if Brazil wants to go further into the tournament and the Brazil Vs Mexico match is the first step towards that goal.

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Predicted Line-Up:

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Brazil Vs Mexico, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia
Predicted Lineup For Brazil

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Mexico:

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The 1-0 win against Germany in their opening match shocked the entire footballing world. Their marvelous run into the tournament continued with a 2-1 win against South Korea, the team which ousted Germany out of the World Cup from the group stages before being thrashed 3-0 by Sweden.

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Moving into the Round of 16 on a losing note and pitted against Brazil after coming second in it’s group, goes unlucky for Mexico, but the number of upsets taking place should keep their hopes alive and running.

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Going into the Brazil Vs Mexico fixture, optimism and desire to win are the only weapons for Mexico if they want to get past the tournament favourites and their deadly squad.

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Key Players:

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Javier Hernandez (West Ham)

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Hernandez has had a very quiet World Cup campaign so far with very little to show. The West Ham striker has registered only one shot on target till now in the three group stage matches with the solitary effort resulting in a goal. The goal, 50th of his career for Mexico, stands proof of how dangerous he can be.

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For the Brazil Vs Mexico match, the former Manchester United player will need to hit his best if he wnats Mexico to qualify for the Quarter-finals. With great pace and shooting skills, he can be penalty-box threat for the Selecao.

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Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven)

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The young and dynamic winger from PSV has had a good tournament so far scoring the winner against the defending champions Germany in their opening match causing an earthquake in Mexico City. Hirving Lozano has been the top scorer for El Tricolor in the qualifying stages and will be looking to add to his tally.

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The 22-year old winger, top scorer for PSV Eindhoven in the 2017-18 season can be a dangerous threat for the Selecao in the Brazil Vs Mexico and we have seen the proof. Unless Brazil wants some upset to happen, they will need to keep a check on this winger.

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Predicted Line-Up:

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Brazil Vs Mexico, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia
Predicted Lineup For Mexco

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Prediction:

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Even with the no. of unexpected events rising day by day and predictions being proved wrong with every passing match, the Brazil Vs Mexico fixture should not cause an earthquake for the Selecao.

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Brazil should pass it with a 2-0 win over the El Tricolor.

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Keep visiting Arsedevils for more news and updates on the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia.

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Amiya Saha
Avid follower of Manchester United FC. Have blind faith on the Red Devils at any point. Waiting to see Manchester United bring back the Ferguson era. Has a dream to watch Manchester United play at Old Trafford live.
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