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How Brazil could line up against Ghana

How Brazil could line up against Ghana

Tite has plenty of selection considerations to ponder against Ghana on Friday as Brazil compete in their penultimate match before the winter World Cup in Qatar.

The 61-year-old made the surprising decision to leave Gabriel Jesus at home despite the forward scoring four goals and laying on three more for his Arsenal teammates in a dazzling start to life at the Emirates Stadium following his summer switch from Manchester City.

Tite has generally preferred Richarlison or Lucas Paqueta in a more withdrawn central role in recent times, and the former is likely to win out on Friday in order to provide some physicality alongside Neymar, Vinicius Junior and Raphinha in attack.

Juventus full-back Alex Sandro has withdrawn from the squad due to a thigh injury, so Renan Lodi is likely to deputise at left-back, with Alex Telles perhaps receiving an opportunity against Tunisia on Tuesday.

Likewise, Alisson Becker should receive the nod in goal, with Ederson potentially rotating in next week. Danilo, Marquinhos and Thiago Silva should form a solid defensive base in front of the Liverpool goalkeeper.

Bremer and Roger Ibanez will both be hoping to make their international debuts at some point across the next two fixtures, but with Real Madrid’s Eder Militao also ahead of the duo in the pecking order, their opportunities are most likely to come from the bench.

In midfield, Casemiro and Fred are generally Tite’s preferred pairing and that is likely to remain the case despite the pair not starting in any of Manchester United’s recent run of four successive Premier League victories.

Brazil possible starting lineup: Alisson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Silva, Lodi; Casemiro, Fred; Vinicius Jr, Raphinha; Neymar, Richarlison

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