Brazil host Uruguay on matchday 12 of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying on Thursday in Manaus. The fixture will be the third of the current international break for both teams. CONMEBOL’s World Cup qualifying October break features three games rather than the two played by teams in UEFA. With the game being played on Thursday, there is a good chance that many of the players competing for clubs in Europe won’t return in time for games on Saturday.

Brazil vs Uruguay Match Preview

Regardless, Thursday’s game is a chance for Brazil to take one step closer to World Cup qualification. The Selecao lead CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying with 28 points from 30 possible. On Sunday, Brazil dropped points for the first time in World Cup qualifying against Colombia. The game finished nil-nil as Tite’s team struggled in the final third. The draw ended a nine-match winning streak in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.

The Brazilians are six points ahead of second-place Argentina and qualification to next year’s World Cup is nearly at hand. Uruguay, on the other hand, are fourth after 11 matches. Four points separate Uruguay and sixth-place Paraguay in qualifying. Fourth place is an automatic World Cup qualification place. However, a loss to Brazil and win for Colombia on Thursday against Ecuador would send them into fifth place – the playoff qualification slot.

Brazil vs Uruguay Betting Odds

 

 

The reverse World Cup qualifying fixture between Brazil and Uruguay ended in a win for the Selecao. First half goals from Arthur and Richarlison gave Brazil the 2-0 win in Montevideo. The fixture was played in November 2020 and since then, Brazil and Uruguay have not met in a competitive match. Brazil lead the series of head-to-head matches against Uruguay in wins. The Brazilians have posted a record of 39W-17D-21L dating back to 1916.

 

Leading bookies’ best betting odds on a Brazil win at full-time are ½. Brazil are unbeaten in their last four games. After their loss in the Copa America Final against Argentina in July, the Brazilians have won three matches and drawn another in four fixtures post-Copa America.

Uruguay go into matchday 12 with the best betting odds of 15/2 to win at full-time. The Sky Blues are underdogs going into the fixture which is warranted thanks to a poor head-to-head record over the last 20 years against Brazil. Uruguay’s last win versus Brazil was in 2001. Their last 11 games finished without wins and each of the last three between the teams ended in losses.

Bookies’ best odds on a draw at full-time are 11/4. Brazil are coming off of a nil-nil draw with Colombia while Uruguay have not won either of their last two World Cup qualifiers. On Sunday, Uruguay lost 3-0 to Argentina just days after a nil-nil draw with Colombia.

Brazil vs Uruguay Team News

Tite played a 4-2-3-1 formation after Colombia on Sunday with Gabriel leading the line. Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, and Lucas Paqueta supported the lone striker. Tite could shake the team up versus Uruguay in search of goals. Leeds United’s Raphinha or Ajax’s Antony could be considered for the starting XI.

Thiago Silva started the game on the bench versus Colombia. He will be in line to start the match on Thursday. Tite chose Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker to play against Colombia. The coach could play Ederson instead against Uruguay to keep the Manchester City man fresh.

Uruguay were well beaten against Argentina last time out. Oscar Tabarez played a 5-4-1 formation with the hope of stopping Argentina. It did not slow down or stop the Argentines as they won 3-0. Tabarez played striker Luis Suarez as the lone attacker.

With the team have just 37% possession, Tabarez may switch things up. He could start Edinson Cavani and Suarez together in the attack. Forward Darwin Nunez is also in line for a place to play in the starting XI.

Brazil vs Uruguay H2H

Brazil lead the series of head-to-head matches against Uruguay in wins. The Brazilians have posted a record of 39W-17D-21L dating back to 1916. The Sky Blues are underdogs going into the fixture which is warranted thanks to a poor head-to-head record over the last 20 years against Brazil. Uruguay’s last win versus Brazil was in 2001.

Their last 11 games finished without wins and each of the last three between the teams ended in losses. Uruguay are 12 points off of first-place Brazil in the CONMEBOL standings. Brazil have a game in hand after their game with Argentina was postponed.

Brazil vs Uruguay Prediction

Neymar to score anytime @ 8/11 - BET NOW

 

 

With some players not available for the game on Thursday, Tite needs Neymar to step up and be the star he is said to be. The Paris Saint-Germain forward has six goals and five assists in eight matches in World Cup qualifying. He is likely to play as a traditional No. 10 and will see a lot of the ball. Our betting tips prediction is for Neymar to score anytime.

 

Brazil to win to nil @ 5/4 - BET NOW

 

 

Brazil have kept nine clean sheets in 2021. Eight of those games were wins to nil. Our betting tips prediction is for the team’s defensive form to continue. Uruguay have failed to score in their last two games in international football. They are coming off of a 3-0 loss to Argentina.

 

Under 2.5 goals scored @ 8/11 - BET NOW

 

 

Nine of Brazil’s last 13 matches in international football finished with under 2.5 goals scored. At times, Brazil score goals but at other moments, they struggle to break down opponents – like they struggled versus Colombia. Our betting tip prediction is for this game to be a close one with under 2.5 goals tallied. Ten of Uruguay’s last 12 matches in international football ended with under 2.5 goals scored. The teams’ previous match finished with under 2.5 goals. Brazil should claim 10th win in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying and solidify their place at the top of the standings after 12 matchdays.