Brazil v Chile - Match Preview: Top Premier League targets on show

Brazil take on Chile in the World Cup's first knockout game.

To be played on Saturday 28th June 2014 at 17:00. Venue: Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte.

Odds: Brazil 4/7, Draw 3/1, Chile 9/2

Preview & injury news

The first knockout game of the tournament and many would have expected the Netherlands to have been here as Group B runners-up. Even fewer would have expected Chile to be in this position. As it happens, they are here and fully deserved of their place too, conquering Spain and Australia - they are not here by luck.

Brazil were always expected to reach this stage, but rather more convincingly than they have. They won 3-1 against Croatia but struggled, drew with an excellent Mexico and despite winning 4-1 against Cameroon, they looked defensively fragile.

If these defensive frailties continue, then Brazil will be punished, especially with Chile’s attacking force being led by Alexis Sanchez. David Luiz and Thiago Silva will need to up their games and be a lot sharper with the likes of Sanchez and Arturo Vidal running at them. Expect fireworks in this contest.

Both Vidal and Hulk are expected to be fit despite niggling injuries.

Key stats

1) Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is only two games away from becoming his country's joint-most capped player.

2) Alexis Sanchez has the chance to become fourth in Chile’s all-time top scorer list - he currently has 23 goals in 70 games.

3) Neymar has the chance to increase his incredible scoring record. The 22-year-old has scored 35 goals in just 52 games and stands sixth in Brazil’s all-time top scorer list.

Five players to watch

Neymar - The current joint-top scorer of the World Cup had a blistering game against Cameroon, playing in true joga bonito style. Neymar can now really raise the roof against Chile.

Arturo Vidal - The Juventus midfielder, who is reportedly on the radar of Manchester United, needs to bring the same kind of form he brought to the Spain game - box-to-box, powerful and a boss in midfield.

Fred - Despite two poor first games, Fred was on top form against Cameroon. If he can play like this again alongside Neymar, then Brazil will be deadly up top.

Alexis Sanchez - Aside from the Netherlands game, the Barcelona forward, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, seems to be getting better and better and could make the difference for Chile against Brazil.

Luiz Gustavo - Might seem strange to keep an eye on a defensive midfielder, but he has been so impressive at the World Cup that he is definitely worth watching. Tackled and won the ball before crossing for Neymar’s first goal against Cameroon.

Last time they met

Brazil 2-1 Chile, November 2013.

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