Brazil vs. Mexico: Form Guide, Live Stream and Prediction for 2014 World Cup

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 16, 2014

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Neymar of Brazil runs off the field during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Fabrizio Bensch - Pool/Getty Images)
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Brazil will look to carry on their winning form in the 2014 World Cup when they take on Mexico at the Estadio Castelao on Tuesday.

The host nation's 3-1 win over Croatia in the tournament opener was unconvincing, although star man Neymar netted twice for Brazil.

Mexico had two goals controversially ruled out in their first game against Cameroon but managed to prevail 1-0 in the end courtesy of a Oribe Peralta strike.

These two sides are the likely qualifiers from Group A, thus the outcome in Fortaleza could be key in deciding who goes through in top spot.


Time: 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET

Live Stream: BBC iPlayer (UK), ESPN Player (US)


Form Guide

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Mexico have had a mixed time in the buildup to the World Cup, picking up several wins but also losing on numerous occasions.

Their last two warm-up friendlies were 1-0 losses to Portugal and Bosnia-Herzegovina, but they looked impressive against Cameroon despite the narrow nature of their victory.

They had two Giovani dos Santos goals incorrectly ruled out, per BBC presenter Gary Lineker, and deserved a much more convincing start to their campaign in Brazil:

However, they will have to up their game for Tuesday's encounter against a Brazil side that was lucky to get away with a win on Thursday after several controversial decisions went in its favour.

Mexico only scraped through to the World Cup in Brazil, forced to play New Zealand in a play-off after a disastrous qualifying campaign in which the USA did them a huge favour, per NBC Sports' Arlo White:

But coach Miguel Herrera looks to have put together a strong team for the tournament and is certainly confident of his side's ability, going so far as to say it can win the whole thing, per beIN Sports:

The North American side overcame the Brazilians to win gold at the London 2012 Olympics, and it will be aiming to repeat the trick on Tuesday.

The hosts need a much-improved performance against Mexico to prove that they are still genuine contenders to win the tournament.

Their victory over Croatia was largely unimpressive—although Oscar was magnificent—and without some favourable decisions from the Japanese referee, they could have easily drawn or even lost the game, per BT Sport's Ian Darke:

However, with the support of a nation behind them, they will be confident of overturning Mexico and all but securing their qualification for the knockout rounds.

As hosts, Luiz Felipe Scolari's side had no qualification rounds to go through but have seen off all comers in a run of friendlies.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Sime Vrsaljko of Croatia marshalls Oscar of Brazil  during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Image
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They were victorious in the 2013 Confederations Cup—beating reigning world champions Spain 3-0 in the final—and are being tipped by many to win the World Cup this year.

Their main man, Neymar, scored twice in the Croatia encounter, demonstrating the kind of form that will be essential if Brazil are to go all the way.

Mexico pose a significant threat, and Tuesday's matchup should be an entertaining occasion as two attacking sides go head to head.

However, Brazil have the greater overall quality and should prevail, claiming their second win from their first two outings at the 2014 World Cup.

They will need to display more defensive solidity and fluidity in attack if they are to be convincing against Mexico and prove their much-touted credentials.

Prediction: Brazil 2-1 Mexico