Brazil will face the South American champion Uruguay in the first semifinal of Confederation Cup which will be played on 26th June, 2013 at Belo Horizonte's Mineirao stadium.
The match will be interesting as both sides have a strong squad.
Brazil are unbeaten in the competition whereas, Uruguay have won two and lost one.
Brazil have a young squad and they need a little bit experience in order to dominate world football again. But Daniel Alves and Thaigo Silva both have a vital role to play they are good and have a lot of experience.
Uruguay’s advantage is that most of their players are experienced and play regular football in their respective clubs. And they are not too young as of Brazilian squad.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Neymar is proving his worth in this competition. He has scored in every match and is the top goal scorer for Brazil with 3 goals. His all 3 goals were superb. Neymar is the player to watch in this semifinal.
FORM GUIDE: (last five matches)
23rd June, 2013 Italy 2 - 4 Brazil (FIFA Confederations Cup)
20th June, 2013 Brazil 2 – 0 Mexico (FIFA Confederations Cup)
16th June, 2013 Brazil 3 - 0 Japan (FIFA Confederations Cup)
10th June, 2013 Brazil 3 – 0 France (Friendly)
3rd June, 2013 Brazil 2 – 2 England (Friendly)
24th June, 2013 Uruguay 8 – 0 Tahiti (FIFA Confederations Cup)
21st June, 2013 Nigeria 1 – 2 Uruguay (FIFA Confederations Cup)
17th June, 2013 Spain 2 - 1 Uruguay (FIFA Confederations Cup)
12th June, 2013 Venezuela 0 - 1 Uruguay (World Cup Qualifiers)
6th June, 2013 Uruguay 1 - 0France (Friendly)
HEAD TO HEAD:
7th June, 2009 Uruguay 0 - 4 Brazil (World Cup Qualifiers)
22nd Nov, 2007 Brazil 2 - 1 Uruguay (World Cup Qualifiers)
11th July, 2007 Uruguay 6 – 7 Brazil (Copa America)
J.Cesar; D.Alves, T.Silva. D.Luiz, Marcelo; L.Gustavo, Paulinho; Hulk, Oscar, Neymar; Fred.
Luiz Filipe Scolari should be a happy man as finally Brazil have showed some ability and flair. His squad is perfect and has no injury worries. He will go with the same squad as in the previous matches. He has a complete squad with all types of players, Hulk physically strong, Neymar a packet with skills, sharpness, quickness, finishing. Defenders like Luiz and Thaigo strong in airs. Fullbacks like Marcelo and Alves good in both attack and defence.
Muslera; Godin, Lugano, Caceres; M.Pereira, Arevalo, Gonzalez, Rodriguez; Forlan; Suarez, Cavani.
Old horse Forlan will going to start this match as he is still on fire. He showed his class against Nigeria where he scored the winning goal. Cavani and Suarez will definitely start. Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is looking to use his strikers in order to beat the host. Suarez is in brilliant form and this is the time for him to show his class and help his country to qualify for the Final. Goalkeeper and defence line will be the same as of first match against Spain.
PREDICTION:Brazil are the favourites to win this tournament, the main advantage is that they are the home team but Uruguay will not let themselves to lose it easily. I will go for a 2-1 to Uruguay.