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How Brazil could line up against Tunisia

How Brazil could line up against Tunisia

Brazil will play their final match before the winter World Cup in Qatar when they take on Tunisia in a friendly at Parc des Princes on Monday.

As such, head coach Tite may not want to make many changes from the starting XI that ruthlessly dispatched Ghana 3-0 in Le Havre on Friday, with every minute of preparation extremely precious to himself and his players at this stage of proceedings.

However, there was a heavy burden on Casemiro as the 61-year-old switched to a more offensive formation against the Black Stars, so the Manchester United midfielder may be rested given his lack of game time for the Red Devils since joining from Real Madrid during the summer.

Liverpool’s Fabinho is the most likely candidate to replace him at the base of midfield, with Lucas Paqueta and Fred fighting to start alongside him. The former may receive the nod as Tite continues to determine whether the West Ham United man can effectively start in a slightly deeper midfield role than he is used to.

Likewise, little is expected to change within a fearsome attacking line, with Neymar, Raphinha, Vinicius Junior and Richarlison – who bagged a brace in the win against Ghana – provided with plenty of tactical freedom to express themselves.

In defence, Eder Militao was utilised as a defensive right-back against Ghana and will likely be asked to do the same in Paris on Monday, with the experience of Thiago Silva and Marquinhos set to be called upon at the heart of the defence once again.

Renan Lodi may be handed an opportunity in place of Alex Telles at left-back, though, with Ederson also given a chance to stake his claim for the starting berth in goal in place of Alisson.

Brazil possible starting lineup: Ederson; Militao, Silva, Marquinhos, Lodi; Fabinho, Paqueta, Neymar; Raphinha, Richarlison, Vinicius Jr

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