Brazil Under-20s will face Tunisia Under-20s in the last-16 of the Under-20 World Cup on Wednesday at the Estadio Unico Diego Armando Maradona in La Plata in their quest for a record-equaling sixth title.
The Selecao Sub-20 won a tight Group D battle to advance to the knockout rounds, while their African counterparts just missed out with a third-place finish in Group E.
Brazil U20 and Tunisia U20 will face off in the FIFA World Cup (U-20) on 31st May 2023 at the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata.
Know the Match Details
Competition: Brazil U20 vs Tunisia U20, FIFA World Cup (U-20)
Date: Wednesday, 31st May 2023
Kickoff: 11:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Estadio Ciudad de La Plata
Brazil did not escape their victory over Nigeria unscathed, as left-back Kaiki was injured in the second half by a crunching challenge, and his race ended with 67 minutes remaining.
Menezes opted for a change of shape by replacing Kaiki with striker Giovane, but Andre and Douglas Mendes should be on standby if the former is unable to play on Wednesday.
Arsenal’s Marquinhos and Chelsea’s Andrey Santos, who captains the Selecao Sub-20, are set to form a midfield trident, with the former playing a deeper role while PSV Eindhoven’s Savio starts on the right wing.
Brazil U20 Possible Starting Lineup:
Mycael; Arthur, Pedroso, Renan, Andre; Marquinhos, Santos, Gomes; Savio, Leonardo, Biro
In terms of Tunisia, Louhichi will see one player return from suspension while losing another to suspension, as left-back Rayan Nasraoui received a straight red card against Iraq but is expected to return to the squad for Wednesday’s game.
However, Tunisia’s captain Ghaith Ouahabi was cautioned for the second time in two matches last time out, receiving his yellow card in the eighth minute of second-half injury time, and the team will have to cope without him.
If Louhichi wishes to stick with a back five, Zinedine Sassi would be a like-for-like replacement, but striker Youssef Snana is another candidate for a recall if the Tunisia manager opts for a formation change.
Tunisia U20 Possible Starting Lineup:
Arfaoui; Ghorbel, Saoudi, Bouchniba, El Abed; Dhaoui, Derbali, Couchane, El Djebali, Yacoub; Snana
Brazil U20 vs Tunisia U20 Head-to-Head and Key Numbers
- Brazil scored ten goals in the group stage while conceding three.
- Brazil is participating in the FIFA U20 World Cup for the 19th time, the most of any country.
- Brazil has five FIFA U20 World Cup wins (1983, 1985, 1993, 2003, and 2011).
- Tunisia is competing in the competition for the third time since their debut in 1977.
- In their last five matches, Brazil has won three times, drawn once, and lost once, while Tunisia has won once and lost four times.
Statistics for Brazil U20 and Tunisia U20
Brazil were defeated 3-2 by Italy in their opening game, raising concerns about their form and future at the tournament. They returned to winning ways in style, however, crushing the Dominican Republic 6-0 in their second match. This was followed by a 2-0 victory over African heavyweights Nigeria, who also defeated Italy 2-0.
Seleção Sub-20, the competition’s second most successful team after Argentina, is not expected to settle for less in the knockout stage. Brazil is aiming for the ultimate prize after missing the 2017 and 2019 editions. They are a better team than Tunisia, but every game has its own set of circumstances.
Tunisia has already made history by qualifying for the knockout stage. Their previous best finish was in the group stage. With three points, they finished third in Group E, trailing England (7 points) and Uruguay (6 points). They did, however, make it to the round of 16 as one of the best third-placed teams.
In the group stage, the junior Carthage Eagles defeated Iraq 3-0, their only win so far. They did, however, put up an unexpectedly strong fight against England in their first match, losing by a solitary goal. We’re not sure if that strategy will work against Brazil, but Tunisia must give it their all with nothing to lose.
- Brazil U20 has won ten of their last thirteen games.
- Brazil U20 has scored two or more goals in ten of their last twelve games.
- Tunisia U20 has failed to score in seven of their last ten matches.
- Brazil U20 has scored one goal or fewer in 13 of their last 14 games.
- Tunisia U20 has lost four of their last five games.
Brazil U20 vs Tunisia U20 Prediction
Tunisia’s failure to score in four of their last five games does not bode well against one of the tournament favorites, nor does their captain’s forced absence, which leaves Louhichi somewhat short in the middle of defense.
Brazil did not exactly thrash Nigeria last time out, but we don’t see Tunisia springing any surprises in La Plata and expect the South American champions to cruise to the last eight.
One player to keep an eye on is Santos forward Marcos Leonardo. He has three goals for Brazil and is a thorn in the flesh for many defenders. Cham El Djebali, a Lyon player, is the Tunisian team’s leader both on and off the field. He only has one goal.
Brazil is heavily favored to win due to the caliber of its players. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Watch out for an exciting game with Brazil U20 to win at the odds of 1.15.
Brazil U20 vs Tunisia U20 Key Player:
Marcos Leonardo – It should be noted that Marcos Leonardo (Santos) is one of the top three scorers with three goals.