The host nation qualified at the top of their group, although they did finish with a disappointing draw against Ecuador, while their opponents managed to finish in fourth spot in group A despite an underwhelming end to their group campaign.
Copa America 2021 – Brazil vs Chile LIVE: The Selecao spared a group of regular starters in the 1-1 draw with Ecuador on Sunday, resting Neymar, defender Thiago Silva and striker Gabriel Jesus. Others, including Casemiro, entered as substitutes in that game.Brazil, with three wins in four Copa America matches, are clear favourites to win. Chile’s only win in the group stage was against Bolivia.
The last memorable match between Brazil and Chile was in the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup. Regular time ended 1-1, with goals by David Luiz and Sanchez. The Chileans almost beat the hosts in extra-time but Brazil won on penalties, 3-2.
Head-to-head: They have met 72 times with Brazil winning 51, as against Chile’s eight. In the last meeting, Brazil beat Chile 3-0 (2017).
Brazil have also won the last four games against Chile in Copa America, scoring 11 goals in that period, while conceding only once. The last time Chile managed to score more than one goal against Brazil in the competition were in the 1993 edition (Chile 3-2 Brazil).
Martin Lasarte’s La Roja can still mount a serious title challenge despite the absence of mercurial Alexis Sanchez, who’s still recuperating. In Arturo Vidal, they have a world-class operator, who can feed the likes of Ben Brereton and Eduardo Vargas.
Brazil team news and injury updates
Head coach Tite rested several of his first-team players for Brazil’s final group stage game against Ecuador, meaning that fans are likely to witness a full-strength Brazil team in the quarter-final.
Brazil have no injury concerns whatsoever and the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison, Neymar, Fred, Casemiro, Thiago Silva and Danilo are certain to return to the first team.
Chile team news and injury updates
Unlike Brazil, Chile had to wait until the very last group stage game to make it to the quarter-final. Their form in the competition has been poor and they are once again expected to miss their star man Alexis Sanchez. The 32-year-old suffered an injury ahead of the competition and while he has recovered, it is unclear whether he will be used or not.
Brazil vs Chile Prediction
Chile are not as strong as they used to be and with many of their ageing stars starting to fade, they’ve found it difficult to hit their stride. Brazil have been in fine form and Chile have struggled. Brazil ought to be able to come out on top here.
Prediction: Brazil 3-1 Chile.