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This World Cup is starting to get serious and it is at the point where there are no easy games. The round of 16 is about to commence and what better way to start it than an all South American affair on June 28 where Brazil will take on Chile for a place in the last eight.

Both have been steady as so far, Brazil have been unspectacular by their standards and Chile has perhaps exceeded expectations. The Chileans would perhaps be slightly disappointed that they didn't top the group after the way they dismantled Spain, meaning they would have missed this meeting with Brazil.

So far Brazil as expected have relied on Neymar to produce the goods and thus far four goals is a good return at this point. They will hope he carries on this good form as well as a few other players improving their contributions - Fred and Hulk will be needed to snatch a few goals and improve their tallies as so far they have disappointed.

As anticipated the game will probably be won and lost and the business end of the park and who can make their chances count in the final third. Both midfields are packed with talent and it will be hard fought but the defences are shaky at times and there is scope for mistakes.

Key battles...

Claudio Bravo vs Julio Cesar

Not strictly a battle of sorts but both will be under the microscope in a game where the wealth of attacking talent on show will make for a busy afternoon.

Bravo has had a good tournament so far and his distribution will be key for Chile's quick counter attacking approach.

Cesar on the other hand hasn't had a particularly convincing time. In the Croatia game his organisation of the back four could have been better and it's evident he hasn't been playing at the top level recently.

Arturo Vidal vs Luiz Gustavo

Vidal is the key to most of the Chilean success, his bite in midfield and his passing range with his natural box to box abilities have spurred on them to qualify. Luiz Gustavo will have his hands full preventing this juggernaut carrying his team forward.

He will have to press hard and quickly to prevent Vidal dictating the tempo, however the Wolfsburg enforcer has had a solid tournament so far and has impressed with his breaking up the play and maintaining possession.

Eduardo Vargas vs Thiago Silva

Silva is widely regarded one of the top centre backs of world football at the moment and will be a key part of Brazil's pursuit of the trophy. He will be required to keep quiet Eduardo Vargas who, alongside Alexis Sanchez, has built a tricky and clinical partnership.

Although he isn't as prolific as they would like him to be, Vargas does score goals and is more of a team player than Sanchez. He is skilful and has a knack of being in the right place at the right time as demonstrated with his goal against Spain.

Silva is known for his pace and world class anticipation when defending and will have to make sure he picks up on Vargas's clever runs. He does have the beating of him in the air so will have to make it count on the ground as well.

Neymar vs Mauricio Isla

With Chile's 3-4-1-2/5-3-2 formation it required their wing backs to do a lot of running whilst also contributing going forward too and Isla is used to this system. While he may be sporadically used at Juventus while others are preferred, he is still a fullback of class and will have the unenviable task of shackling boy wonder Neymar.

Neymar is considered Brazil's main goal threat even though he mostly starts out wide he often drifts infield to get into goalscoring positions and Isla will have to make sure these runs don't leave his team exposed.

With Chile's high pressure possession game he usually has to maraud forward but will have to possibly curb this attacking intent somewhat slightly in order to deal with the Barcelona star.

Verdict

Brazil will just edge it, they are better in defence than Chile and also haven't really hit top form just yet. It will be interesting to see if Chile can keep up their impressive performances so far, there is no reason why they can't but I think the chips will fall in the hosts favour.

They also have Neymar who can win games on his own.

Score: 3-1

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Arturo Vidal
Fabio Da Silva
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Brazil Football
Alexis Sanchez
David Luiz
Neymar
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