Brazil vs. Bolivia: Time, Live Stream and Preview for World Cup 2018 Qualifying

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2016

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2016 file photo, Brazil's Neymar celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal against Colombia during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Manaus, Brazil. Brazil rises from ninth to fourth in the FIFA rankings, which is still led by Argentina. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
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Brazil have embarked on a bold new era under manager Tite, who needs to repair the damage done during Dunga's reign. Fortunately, Tite can call on a plethora of talented individuals for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bolivia on Friday.

Players such as creative Liverpool duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, along with Paris Saint-Germain defensive pairing Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, must form the backbone of a more solid team.

Here are the schedule and streaming details for this key match:

 

Date: Friday, October 7

Time: 1:45 a.m. (BST) / 8:45 p.m. (ET)

Live Stream: beIN Sports Connect

 

Preview

Tite's biggest challenge is putting the right structure around star striker Neymar Jr. It's needle-threading work involving establishing the ideal balance between physicality and flair in midfield.

Tite has already shown he's not afraid to make a controversial call or two, selecting Paulinho against Colombia back in September. The former Tottenham Hotspur workhorse impressed, but the defence still looks like it needs a more robust shield in front.

Fortunately, Brazil boast one of the best in Manchester City's Fernandinho. Timely tackles, quality passing and exceptional positional discipline make him the obvious candidate to not only anchor midfield, but also protect the still-susceptible defence.

Fernandinho can be the key figure for new-look Brazil.
Fernandinho can be the key figure for new-look Brazil.NELSON ALMEIDA/Getty Images

Things look a little trickier further forward, though. The question becomes how to fit Coutinho, Firmino and the underrated Renato Augusto together in the middle.

Perhaps Tite could take a cue from how Firmino is deployed at club level, where he plays as something of a false nine for Liverpool. Tite could put the mercurial 25-year-old through the middle and have Neymar playing off the left, the way he does for Barcelona.

Then the Reds would have the type of fluidly rotating forward line Bolivia would find close to impossible to contain. If Neymar and Firmino run riot, Brazil can make it three wins in a row on the new manager's watch.

Tite is getting the plaudits, but ESPN FC's Tim Vickery believes the new man is reaping rewards from some of his criticised predecessor's unheralded work, something the current boss acknowledged: "It wasn't me who implemented 4-1-4-1. It was Dunga. I was critical of his appointment in 2014, I was against it. But that is his legacy."

Tite is changing the Brazilian national team for the better.
Tite is changing the Brazilian national team for the better.Andre Penner/Associated Press

Tite will be under a spotlight, but the glare will also touch Bolivia coach Angel Guillermo Hoyos. The Argentinian will want his team to be brave enough to try to boss possession, given his background as a former youth coach at Barcelona. Yet, it won't be easy on Brazilian soil.

Prediction: Brazil 3-1 Bolivia