World Cup Qualifiers: Bolivia vs Brazil lineups, preview, & prediction

Having already qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Brazil will be looking to continue their momentum in their final two group games.

21:00 (BST); Thursday 6th October; Estadio Hernando Siles

Brazil have had an excellent qualifying campaign and have secured their place in Russia but will want to continue their form going into their final two group games. Having become the first team to qualify for the World Cup outside of the hosts, they have impressed under manager Tite and have just lost just once in qualifying, sitting ten points clear of their nearest rivals.

Bolivia’s challenge for a first appearance at a World Cup since 1994 came unstuck early and they have been relatively poor across the qualifying campaign, winning only four games and also having the worst scoring record in the South American qualifiers, proving why their challenge ended early, though they have won three out of their last five games. 

Last time out

Bolivia 1-0 Chile

A decisive penalty just before the hour mark from Juan Carlos Arce saw Bolivia pick up a morale boosting win over current Copa America Champions, Chile, but it was too little too late for the La Verde after a poor start to qualification, meant they were only playing for pride and to avoid the wooden spoon. 

Colombia 1-1 Brazil

Having already qualified for the World Cup, Brazil went into their match with Colombia under no pressure and Willian’s stunning strike on the stroke of half-time looked to set them on their way. However, a Radamel Falcao goal for Colombia on 56 minutes ensured the points were shared ending Brazil’s nine match winning run in qualifying.

Bolivia lineup

There are no new injury worries for Bolivia and they will want to put their strongest team out against the might of Brazil.

Brazil lineup

Brazil have a full squad to choose from but may rest key players with the high altitude and with qualification already wrapped up.

Key Battle: Ronald Raldes v Neymar

The well-travelled and experienced 36-year-old Ronald Raldes will arguably have his biggest ever battle on his hands as the attack-minded and free flowing Brazil will throw quality at him from all angles. His biggest threat will be the world’s most expensive player, Neymar. How long he can keep the PSG star in check will be his most pressing concern.

Neymar has started his PSG career strongly, with six goals in his first six games and he’ll be confident in firing Brazil to yet another win and with his free role he will be tough to take hold of and will cause problems across the Bolivian backline.

If Bolivia are to take anything from this game, they will need to be rely on the experienced Raldes to rally his teammates and switch on from the start. If they can do that, they can frustrate Neymar and co, but if they allow Neymar to pull the strings, they are in for a tough night.

Same again for Brazil

The visitors are in cruise control after flying through qualification and becoming the first team outside of the hosts to qualify for Russia 2018 and though they won’t be keen on losing their unbeaten record, they could use the game to experiment and tinker with their formation and team, but the result is still expected to be the same.

Bolivia cannot qualify for the World Cup but their recent better form means they have some momentum that they will not want to give up and with Brazil likely to rest a few players, it will give them a huge chance to take a famous win.

Prediction: Bolivia 0-3 Brazil

Despite the home advantage and with Brazil likely to rest their key players, we can only see one result and that is another Brazilian win. The fringe players in the Brazilian squad will be keen to put a marker down for a place in their World Cup squad and will want to impress manager Tite and put them name forward.

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Andy Moore


Freelance Sports Media Professional with experience writing for both print and digital. Sports all-rounder that has a good knowledge of lots of sports and have a Masters in Sports Journalism from Staffordshire University.

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