Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Brazil play host to Bolivia at Arena Pernambuco in the opening match of their World Cup qualifying campaign. The Selecao are seen as hot favourites to win Saturday’s qualifier, but they can’t afford any complacency. Palmerias rising star Gabriel Menino is likely to make his Brazil debut against Bolivia, while Liverpool first-choice goalkeeper Alisson is out of contention with injury.
In his absence, Man City shot-stopper Ederson is likely to start in goal. PSG superstar Neymar will be the man to watch in the home team. Bolivia are tough to beat at home, but they have always been struggling on the travels in the South America World Cup qualifiers. David faces Goliath in Recife, and anything but a routine home win will be a major surprise. In their last meeting in a competitive match Brazil outplayed Bolivia 3-0.
Highlighted Player (Neymar):
Neymar is a Brazilian football superstar who plays for PSG as a winger. The pacey footballer, who is capable of playing as a centre forward as well, is well known his creativity, passing and finishing. Neymar was born in Mogi das Cruzes on 5 February, 1992 and he began his senior career at Santos. After scoring 54 goals in 103 appearances for the Brazilian outfit, he joined Barcelona in 2013.
The Brazilian ace signed a five-year deal with the Catalan outfit and he has been playing for the La Liga giants ever since. Neymar the 2014/2015 Champions League trophy with Barcelona and that is considered his biggest success. It has to be noted that he clinched the FIFA Club World Cup trophy with Barca as well.
Speaking of his international career, the Barcelona star made his Brazil debut on 10 August, 2010 against USA and it has to be noted that he scored on his debut. In 2013 he won FIFA Confederations Cup with the Brazilian national team. Neymar was born on 5 February, 1992.
Highlighted Team (Bolivia):
Bolivian Football Federation has been established in 1926 and it is one of the 10 member of South American Football Confederation. Managed by Julio César Baldivieso, La Verde have gone through difficult times since their second place finish at Copa America 1997.
Three-time World Cup participants have last appeared at the global stage in 1994 and they have never gone past the first round on any of the three tournaments, scoring only one goal at the tournament held in the USA. Bolivia took part in 24 Copa America tournaments since their debut in 1926 and the most prominent result was their 1963 title.
Luis Hector Cristaldo and Marco Sandy are the two players with most caps for Bolivia with their 93 international appearances, while Joaquin Botero’s name still stands at the top of the scoring charts with the former Bolivian international netting 20 during his time with the national team.