Brazil has so far won all nine World Cup qualifying matches and could well do 10 on Sunday in Colombia. The Brazilians lead the 10-team South American round robin by eight points.
But a year before the start of the match, there are several longtime Selecao fans in Qatar who are unhappy with the team after Thursday’s lackluster 3-1 victory over Venezuela. And their fears will be on the head of coach Tite on Sunday.
Argentina, which recently struggled to move closer to a qualifying spot alongside Brazil, is firmly in second place, looking forward to even better days in the future thanks to renewed confidence after winning the last America’s Cup title.
A home win over rival Uruguay could bring Lionel Messi’s side closer to reaching Qatar.
Brazil leads with 27 points and Argentina 19 in nine games – their September bout was suspended for seven minutes due to COVID-19 protocols.
Ecuador and Uruguay have 16 points each after 10 matches, but the Ecuadorians have more wins and they are in third place. Colombia is fifth with 14 points.
The top four teams will secure their spot at the World Championships in Qatar next year. The fifth-placed team will advance to the playoffs with a team from a different confederation.
Neymar is returning to Brazil after being suspended, and he is the only good news for the team following a below par in Venezuela, which led the match until the 71st minute.
Tite experimented on several positions against Venezuela, and most of them fell short of expectations against weak opposition. Left-back Guilherme Arana and midfielders Fabinho and Gerson played poorly, giving analysts, former players and fans the impression that Brazil lacked depth.
Also on Sunday, Ecuador will play in last place with Venezuela.
Eighth place Chile is ranked sixth by Paraguay, and ninth place Bolivia is ranked seventh by Peru.