Brazil aims to maintain its flawless start in FIFA 2026 World Cup qualifying within the CONMEBOL region when they host Venezuela this Thursday. La Vinotinto has struggled to secure back-to-back victories in qualifiers since 2009, whereas the Selecao has never faced defeat in a World Cup qualifier played on home turf.
In their initial two fixtures, the Brazilian squad triumphed over Bolivia and Peru, while the Venezuelan team bounced back from an opening loss to Colombia by defeating Paraguay.
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- Date: Thursday, Oct. 12 | Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Arena Pantanal — Cuiaba, Brazil
- TV: Universo
Raphinha, Renan Lodi, Vanderson and Caio Henrique are all out while while Joelinton and Eder Militao were left out owing to injury. Guilherme Arana and the uncapped Carlos Augusto could start with Danilo, Marquinhos and Gabriel Magalhaes in defense while Ederson could continue in goal instead of Alisson Becker. Al-Hilal’s Neymar should overtake Dani Alves (126) as Brazil’s second most-capped player ever with Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior likely to join him in attack with either Gabriel Jesus or Richarlison
Potential Brazil XI: Ederson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Gabriel, Arana; Guimaraes, Casemiro; Rodrygo, Neymar, Vinicius Jr; Jesus.
Alexander Gonzalez should start at the back alongside Wilker Angel, Yordan Osorio and Miguel Navarro. Tomas Rincon and Yeferson Soteldo, Roberto Rosales and Nahuel Ferraresi will all be competing for starting roles. Salomon Rondon could make his 99th international appearance alongside Josef Martinez up top.
Potential Venezuela XI: Romo; Gonzalez, Osorio, Angel, Navarro; Sosa, Rincon, Herrera, Soteldo; Josef Martinez, Rondon.
Venezuela will hope to keep Brazil at bay but their best chance of coming away with something is arguably a draw. History suggests that it will be a difficult outing for the Vinotinto and that the Selecao should win this one fairly comfortably. Pick: Brazil 3, Venezuela 1.