Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has recalled Hulk to his starting XI for this evening's Group A showdown with Cameroon, as the Selecao go in search of maximum points to finish top of the group and set up a last 16 clash with South American rivals Chile.
The Selecao are afforded the luxury of knowing who they will meet in the knockout stages by finishing either first or second in the group, although with either Chile or the Netherlands laying in wait they are in for a tough test whoever they face.
Scolari's men still have job to do tonight before casting their minds towards the business end of the competition though, with qualification still not mathematically guaranteed after a fairly uninspiring 0-0 draw against Mexico last week.
With that in mind Hulk has been hurried back into Brazil's starting line-up for tonight's showdown at the Estádio Nacional de Brasilia, which is as follows.
Brazil: Cesar, Alves, Thiago Silva , David Luiz, Marcelo, Paulinho, Luis Gustavo, Hulk, Oscar, Neymar, Fred
Cameroon meanwhile have only pride to play for after successive defeats in their first two matches, with a 4-0 defeat to Croatia condemning the Indomitable Lions to an early exit.
The African giants are heavy underdogs as they go in search of a first World Cup victory since 1990, yes 1990, which even by the tournament's terrific standards would surely represent the biggest shock to date.
In terms of team news Cameroon are without Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, who was earlier today handed a three-match ban after elbowing Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic in the back in his last outing.
Veteran talisman Samuel Eto'o also misses out through injury, which leaves their starting XI as follows...
Cameroon: Itandje, Nkoulou (c), Nguemo, Moukandjo, Aboubakar, Bedimo, Choupo Moting, Mbia, Enoh, Matip, Nyom.
Prediction: Cameroon are a whopping 25/1 with some bookmakers to produce a miraculous victory, but I wouldn't advise even putting your loose change towards that outcome.
Brazil are expected to come through unscathed but it's more about producing a far more impressive performance than they managed against Mexico, a match in which Fred floundered and Neymar was left frustrated after failing to keep his fine start to the tournament going.
Hulk's return will allow Brazil to be more direct at times and give them a more physical focal point in the final third, which means the Selecao are more than capable of booking their place in the next round with a comfortable 3-0 victory.
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