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Brazil facing win or bust at home World Cup

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Squad

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Mineiro)
Defenders: Marcelo (Real Madrid), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (AS Roma), Maxwell, Thiago Silva (both Paris St Germain), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli)
Midfielders: Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur), Ramires, Willian, Oscar (all Chelsea), Hernanes (Inter Milan), Luiz Gustavo (VfL Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Forwards: Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Neymar (Barcelona), Fred (Fluminense), Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg)

Fixtures

12th June v Croatia (Sao Paulo)

17th June v Mexico (Fortaleza)

23rd June v Cameroon (Brasilla)

Strengths

The most obvious advantage for the host nation is the backing of the excitable Brazilian fans. The team possesses a lot of creativity in the form of Neymar and Oscar. Willian is a tireless winger and Hulk provides and strength and power down the right flank. Paulinho and Fernandinho can form a shield in front of a defence that contains captain Thiago Silva.

Weaknesses

Julio Cesar has spent the second half of the season on loan at Toronto, so he might lack the sharpness against quality opposition. First choice number nine Fred has had a long-term thigh problem with Scolari’s only other out-and-out striker being Jo. The side may miss the experience of Kaka and Ronaldinho.

Key Player

Neymar. The 22-year-old Barcelona forward has had a transition season adapting to life in Spain, but not without moments of brilliance. He is a consistent performer for his country and was excellent in last year’s Confederations Cup.

Prediction

There is no middle ground for the hosts - it is win or bust. They should progress as group winners but could face a tricky last 16 tie against Spain, Netherlands or Chile. After their convincing win over Spain last year, they have to be up there with the favourites.

Odds

3/1

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