In a qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a friendly style, Bolivia host the Brazilian national team on Thursday, October 5. Valuable for the seventeenth (penultimate) round of the dispute for vacancies in the World Cup, the game takes place from 17h (Brasília time) at the stadium Hernando Siles in La Paz.
Bolivia’s recent performance
Bolivia are in ninth place in the qualifiers and can not improve this situation. With 13 points (four wins, one draw and 11 losses) he has no chance to fight for a place in the World Cup or even reach Ecuador, eighth with 20 points added.
His only goal in the two games that are lacking is to avoid staying in the flashlight. For this, it does not need much. Venezuela, last placed, is five points behind and will hardly be able to overcome the Bolivians even if they do not score against Brazil and against Uruguay, away from home in the final round, scheduled for Tuesday, October 10. In this case, however, the game may be important, since Uruguayans have not yet secured their World Cup qualification and may depend on those duels to stamp the passport.
For the last double round of qualifying, coach Mauricio Soria will not be able to count on one of his main players. With a bruise on his right knee, midfielder and striker Pablo Escobar can not be called.
The current form of Brazil
The Brazilian team has achieved the two possible goals in the qualifiers. It was the first to mathematically guarantee the qualification for the Russian World Cup and then secured the first place in the dispute. Thus, to face the altitude of La Paz to face Bolivia is a mere fulfillment of table. The game for this double round is against Chile, also on Tuesday, as Chileans can depend on that result to fight for a place in the World Cup.
Unable to make the most adequate preparation for a game at altitude, which establishes a period of two or three weeks for the athletes to adapt, the technical team of the Brazilian team opted for the second best way to avoid the effects of altitude. The team will arrive at the game site a few hours before departure.
However, the very call made by coach Tite showed that he intends to use these two games already as a kind of preview for the World Cup. The coach decided to do experiments. One is in the attack command. After a long absence, Diego Tardelli was again called. With this, athletes like Taison and Diego Souza, who had been dueling to secure a place in the World Cup, lost space.
The most significant number of changes, however, occurred on the sides. One of them at the technician’s option. Right-back Fágner, who was being called regularly, was left out to open up opportunity for Manchester City’s Danilo. On the left, the exchanges were motivated by contusion. Marcelo, titular, and Filipe Luis, his reserve, wound up and were cut. Alex Sandro and Jorge were called to fill the vacancies.
It is quite likely that Tite will make a number of modifications to the base team to test some of the players in the squad. With the game against Chile may be decisive, those changes should be concentrated in the match on Thursday.
History of the matches Bolivia vs Brazil
The selections had their paths crossed in 28 opportunities. The Brazilians won in 20 of them. The Bolivians have won five times and three equal matches have been recorded. In the first round of the qualifiers for Russia 2018, Brazil thrashed by 5 to 0.