Brazil continue their tour of the East this week as they take on Japan in an international friendly on Monday. The Selecao have been in excellent form and are the favorites to win the match.
Japan have been impressive over the past year and managed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. The Asian giants stunned Paraguay with a 4-1 triumph last week and will need to work hard to achieve a similar result in the game.
Brazil, on the other hand, sit comfortably at the top of the CONMEBOL qualifying standings and boast an impressive squad. The visiting team beat South Korea by a 5-1 margin this week and will be confident heading into the game.
Japan v Brazil head-to-head
Brazil have an excellent record against Japan and have won 10 of the 12 matches played between the two teams. Japan have never beaten Brazil and will be looking to create a historic moment in their footballing history next week.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in 2017 and ended in a comfortable 3-1 victory for Brazil. Japan were outplayed that day and have a point to prove on Monday.
Guide to Forms in Japan: WDWWW
Brazil form guide: WWWWD
Japan vs Brazil Team News
Takehiro Tomiyasu is currently injured and did not join the Japanese team this week. Yukinari Sugawara received a knock against Paraguay last week and was also kicked out of the game.
Injured: Takehiro Tomiyasu, Yukinari Sugawara
Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli and Ederson Moraes are yet to reach full fitness and will not feature in this game. Alisson Becker, Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior and Fabinho were rested against South Korea and will be available for selection.
Injured: Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli, Ederson Moraes
Japan vs Brazil Predicted XI
Japan Predicted XI (4-3-3): Daniel Schmidt; Miki Yamane, Shogo Taniguchi, Maya Yoshida, Junya Ito; Daichi Kamada, Ao Tanaka, Wataru Endo; Kyogo Furuhashi, Takumi Minamino, Takuma Asano
Brazil Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Alisson Becker; Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Eder Militao, Alex Sandro ; Fabinho, Bruno Guimaraes; Rodrygo, Lucas Paqueta, Neymar ; Gabriel Jesus
Japan vs Brazil Prediction
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Brazil have a great squad and will be determined to make the most of their World Cup preparation. Players like Neymar and Gabriel Jesus could be deadly on that day and will be looking to make their mark this week.
Japan were excellent against Paraguay but will have to play out of their skin to have a chance on Monday. Brazil are the best team on paper and should be able to win this game.
Prediction: Japan 2-4 Brazil
Edited by Aditya Hosangadi