In an all South-American second round clash, Brazil and Chile will take on each at the Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg. They played each other twice during the COMNEBOL qualifiers and Brazil won both the encounters comfortably.
After an unconvincing start against North Korea Brazil put up a great show against Ivory Coast. They were also the better side in the match against Protugal. With Kaka, Robinho and Elano return for the match against Chile, they look to be a very formidable side indeed.
This Chilean side can give Brazil a run for their money. They are very well organized, they know how to defend and they have the pace to trouble the aging Brazilian defense. They missed many chances against Switzerland and Honduras, they cannot afford to that against Brazil.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A typical South American style football match.
Brazil have the extra quality and they will try and make full use of it to open Chile's defense. They looked a little tired in the second half against Portugal, but got away with it. They cannot afford to do that in the knockout stage,
Elano and Kaka are the key players for them. They can not only put they ball in good areas and feed the strikers but they can also score goals themselves.
Chile would be a little cautious at the start. They would play on the counter and attack brazil with their pace. Estrada, Mendel and Ponce are suspended for this one, so that will be a problem for them.
Their key players are Alexis Sanchez and VIdal. Sanchez has the speed and quality to trouble Juan and Bastos while Vidal would a key for them in the mid-field. Chile missed many chances against Switzerland and Honduras. They can't afford to do that against Brazil.
Brazil are more likely to win this one......but something seemed off in their game game against Portugal. Maybe it was the absence of some players or maybe its just me....
I will stick my neck out and say Brazil will win this one 2-1.