While most international football teams compete in World Cup qualifiers, Brazil and Zambia will simply look to improve with an international friendly in China.
Brazil did not need to go through qualifying as the host country for the 2014 tournament. Besides the win at the Confederations Cup, the past year has mostly been spent competing in various friendlies around the world.
Zambia had a chance to reach the World Cup this time around, but a tough draw against Ghana eliminated the squad in the second round of African qualifying.
While the upcoming match remains an exhibition, you can expect both sides to go hard throughout the 90 minutes and give everything they can to get a win.
Who will win?
When: Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7:45 a.m. ET
Where: Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China
Watch: beIN Sport (at 2 p.m. ET)
Live Stream: beIN Sport Play
Odds (via PaddyPower.com): Brazil (1-20), Zambia (22-1), Draw (10-1)
Top Storyline: Which Players Will Stand Out for Brazil?
While this team knows it will be competing in the World Cup next summer, there is still plenty of uncertainty as to which players will make the trip.
There are certainly plenty of fixtures on the starting lineup, including young stars Neymar, Oscar and Paulinho. Unless there is an injury, these guys and others will be on the first team every match.
However, manager Luiz Felipe Scolari will likely use this match to see what other players can do to try to round out his squad.
Veterans like Julio Cesar and Hulk have struggled recently, which could leave a chance for a few younger guys to step up and take their spots. As the Botafogo Star points out, Jefferson is gunning for the goalkeeper job after a strong showing against South Korea:
Safe performance from Jefferson though didn't have much to do. Brazil comfortable. Decent enough effort from S Korea gave them a good test.— The Botafogo Star (@TheBotafogoStar) October 12, 2013
This certainly makes things interesting as Scolari is forced to start making decisions.
Prediction: Brazil 3, Zambia 0
Zambia have some talent, especially on the defensive end, but they will be no match for the offensive juggernaut that is Brazil.
Neymar and Oscar are as skillful at setting up teammates as anyone in the world, and there are plenty of finishers up front who can get the ball in the back of the net. This match could also be another chance for 21-year-old Bernard to showcase his ability and prove he is worthy of a spot in the lineup.
Brazil have won three friendlies in a row since falling to Switzerland in August, and this match will likely be a fourth as the squad looks to dominate the Africa opponent.
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