Hosts Brazil will play their first of two friendly matches in preparation of the World Cup when they take on Panama in Goiania on Tuesday.
The Brazilians are favourites going into the World Cup and have scheduled matches against teams who didn't qualify for the tournament. But Panama came eerily close to beating the USA for the CONCACAF's play-off ticket and are not to be underestimated.
They are winless in their last five matches, however, and anything other than a decisive victory will be seen as a failure for Brazil.
Date: Tuesday, June 3
Time: 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET
Venue: Estadio Serra Dourada, Goiania.
TV info and live stream: The match will be broadcast by beIN Sports 1 (for US viewers) and BT Sport 1 (for UK viewers), with mobile coverage available via the beINplay app and the BT Sport app (subscription required).
Brazil will play just two friendlies before the start of the World Cup, with Serbia being the team's true final test ahead of their opener against Croatia.
The team aren't expected to take many risks against Panama and will field a different starting XI from the one we should see during the tournament. As manager Luiz Felipe Scolari told Brazilian television, via FourFourTwo:
For this first match we will follow what the medical department tells us. The group will be evaluated again over the weekend and then we will know who will be fit.
We don't want to risk anything before the World Cup.
For the second match we will likely have all 23 players available and we will be able to set up the team the way we want.
As shared by The Rio Times' Robbie Blakeley, that means Thiago Silva will not be starting:
Fans hoping to see the form the Brazilian's strongest XI were in ahead of the World Cup will have to wait just a little more, but that doesn't mean the team shouldn't still impress against the Panamanians.
Panama played a potent Serbian team to a 1-1 draw, an impressive result for such a small football nation. But the Serbians didn't field their strongest team and struggled greatly during qualification for the World Cup, including a painful 3-0 loss at home against Belgium.
Los Canaleros came within 90 seconds of beating the USA and advancing to the final play-off round of World Cup qualification against New Zealand last year, before two dramatic goals in stoppage time saw their opponents win 3-2:
Luis Tejada is the team's most decorated player, and the Universidad Cesar Vallejo forward isn't exactly the biggest name in world football.
Brazil's squad is laced with world-class talent, as evidenced by the fact Bayern Munich's Dante is but a mere backup to Silva and David Luiz.
The Canarinha will most likely use the match against Panama to experiment with their formations a bit, with an eye on their next opponents Serbia, who resemble World Cup opponents Croatia a bit more.
Preventing any major injuries and building fitness will be the primary goal of this match, and a good showing by some of the squad players could help boost the hosts' confidence ahead of the final tournament, which will kick off in less than two weeks' time.
Anything other than a sixth World Cup win will be considered a failure for the Brazilians, so starting off their preparations with a strong result will be vital.
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