Mexico vs Brazil: Preview, Team News, Prediction for International Friendly

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistOctober 9, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05:  Neymar of Brazil in action during the International friendly match between Brazil and Ghana at Craven Cottage on September 5, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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While most of the footballing world is focused upon Europe with the final week of UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying going on, and in Africa where qualifying for the African Cup of Nations is finishing up as well, there is more international football going on and a great friendly between Mexico and Brazil is ahead on October 11.

The match is being played in Torreon, Mexico, home of Mexican Primera Division club Santos Laguna.

Mexico is playing their last scheduled match of the international year, and are coming off of a 1-0 win over Chile in September in a game that was played in Barcelona.

Brazil is coming off of a win against Costa Rica, and have one more game to go after their venture into Mexico as they will face Gabon in November.

Both Mexico and Brazil have rosters filled with talent from the domestic and international leagues, and both rosters are full of regular squad players for both countries.

El Tri are depleted up front as they have only three forwards on the roster, but only two who are fully healthy as Chicharito is still banged up. A fresh Giovani dos Santos will be available for selection as will Santos Laguna player Oribe Peralta.

In goal, Ajaccio keeper Guillermo Ochoa will obviously be the first choice but Santos Laguna player Oswaldo Sanchez may make an appearance in front of the hometown fans.

Rafa Marquez and Carlos Salcido are stalwarts in the back of the defense with Salcido crawling toward his 100th cap as he will be five away with a start Tuesday.

The midfield is also chock full of experience as Pablo Barrera, Andres Guardado, Sinha and Israel Castro all appear in the squad while Edgar Andrade of Chiapas will look to earn his first cap.

On the Brazilian side, very few experienced national team players are on the roster. The most experienced one is enjoying a resurgence of his career as Ronaldinho has been called back into squad and has been named captain for the last three friendlies.

Also up front, Neymar has continued his impressive goal-scoring tear for country as the highly sought-after Santos player as scored seven goals for his country this year.

On the back line, Julio Cesar should start in goal with Dani Alves and Thiago Silva being close to locks in defense as David Luiz, Marcelo and Adriano Correia will look for a starting spot as well.

Liverpool's Lucas is the most experienced player in the midfield with 17 caps, but he has plenty of talent around him as Fernandinho, Luiz Gustavo and Lucas Moura—who scored his first international goal against Argentina in September—are all available for selection as Mano Menezes looks to give his young midfield some experience.

A sub off the bench to look out for is Hulk. The powerful Porto forward helped his club win the Europa League last season, and will look to begin making an impact for his country, as he will earn his sixth cap if he plays in the game.

The game will be all about youth versus experience in the midfield as both teams boast great defenses and forwards.

If the speedy Mexican forwards are able to break runs past the Brazil midfield and defense, it could be a long day for Brazil as Dos Santos is looking to make an impact internationally since he is unable to make any impact with his club, Tottenham Hotspur.

Mexico's defense will have to contain Neymar and the suddenly on fire Ronaldinho to secure a win and with Marquez, Salcido and company will have a strong presence in the back four as they look to stop the two powerful Brazilians.

The game will come down eventually to the forwards and if the game is still scoreless, look for Menezes to enter Hulk into the lineup to provide a spark but that spark may not be needed as Brazil should be the favorites going into this game.

Prediction: Brazil wins 2-0 on goals from Neymar and Ronaldinho, who can not be contained at club or international level at the moment.