Brazil v Mexico preview - Chelsea star to continue fine form

Chelsea midfielder Oscar will look to continue from where he left off against Croatia, while Mexico can go in confident on the back of a fine performance.

To be played on Tuesday 17th June 2014 at 20:00. Venue: Castelao, Fortaleza.

Odds: Brazil 30/100, Draw 4/1, Mexico 9/1

Preview & injury news

With both sides winning their opening World Cup games - Brazil 3-1 against Croatia and Mexico 1-0 against Cameroon - it’s fair to say that both teams will be looking to further their success.

Brazil definitely started the more nervy of the two, but after getting a first win under their belt, we should see a more relaxed side who play with the flair we are all used to seeing.

Mexico’s scoreline did not reflect the way they played - two wrongly disallowed goals and a whole host of misses should have put Mexico possibly even four or five up.

Brazil will remain favourites with all their attacking prowess, but don’t expect Mexico to lie down easy. This game has goals written all over it.

Brazil’s Hulk has a muscle strain and might not be fit in time. Mexico have no fresh injury concerns.

Key stats

1) Neymar has scored 33 goals in 50 games, the same as Ronaldinho who took 98 caps.

2) These two teams have face each other 38 times, with Brazil winning 32 encounters and Mexico 10. There has been 107 goals in total in the 38 games.

3) If Rafael Marquez plays for Mexico, then he could go stand alone 6th in the all-time most capped players' list with 122 games.

Five players to watch

Neymar - With a brace already in this World Cup, the nerves are settled and he can really start to enjoy himself. His phenomenal international record backs him to score.

Giovani dos Santos - Outstanding game against Cameroon, everything but the goal. Remains a constant source of danger for Mexico.

David Luiz - This guy will never fail to entertain, he has bags of talent as well as taking some of the biggest risks you will ever see. He can also get forward and score a goal or two.

Oribe Peralta - Top scorer in the World Cup qualifiers and a goal last time out, Peralta is in good form.

Oscar - Man of the match against Croatia, his crossing was of the highest order and showed that he can score too.

Last time they met

Brazil 2-0 Mexico - June 2013

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