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  • 1 August 2012
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Brazil - New Zealand Preview: Menezes' side looking for a point to win Group C

Brazil - New Zealand Preview: Menezes' side looking for a point to win Group C

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Neil Emblen's team are winless in their last five at the Olympics and need three points to have any chance of reaching the last eight against the tournament favourites

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

Brazil
Brazil Under 23
Neto
Rafael, Silva, Juan, Marcelo
Sandro, Romelu,
Oscar
Pato, Neymar, Hulk

New Zealand
  New Zealand Under 23
O'Keeffe
Payne, Smith, Nelsen, Hogg
Barbarouses, Thomas, McGlinchey, Rojas
Wood, Smeltz


After booking their place in the quarter-finals, Brazil coach Mano Menezes could rest certain players look for freshen up his squad ahead of the next round. Leandro Damaio and Lucas Moura, among others, are pushing for a recall to the starting XI.

Neil Emblen will also want to keep an air of familiarity about his team following their 1-1 draw with Egypt last time out. Chris Wood will continue to lead the line partnered by Shane Smeltz although defender James Musa and midfielder Cameron Howieson could feature for the Kiwis.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Following their victory over Belarus on Sunday, Brazil have qualified for the quarter-finals of the tournament.
  • Only Mano Menezes' side and Japan have a 100 per cent record after two games.
  • The Brazilians need only one point to go through to the last eight as winners of Group C.
  • In the three meetings between the two sides Brazil have recorded a victory in each game.
  • New Zealand are yet to win a game in the Olympics. A run that has stretched over five games and two tournaments.
  • West Brom striker Chris Wood (pictured right) is the All Whites sole goalscorer in the tournament after finding the net in their 1-1 draw with Egypt on Sunday.
  • Five of Neil Emblen's squad ply their trade for English clubs.
  • New Zealand need to beat Brazil in order to have any chance of progressing from the group stages of the competition.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
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Available Squads
-GabrielGoalkeeper
2RafaelDefender
3Thiago SilvaDefender
4Juan JesusDefender
6MarceloDefender
14DaniloDefender
15Alex SandroDefender
5SandroMidfielder
7LucasMidfielder
9Leandro DamiãoStriker
11NeymarStriker
18Neto Goalkeeper
13Bruno UviniDefender
8RômuloMidfielder
11OscarMidfielder
16GansoMidfielder
12HulkStriker
17Alexandre PatoStriker
18Michael O'KeefeGoalkeeper
3Ian HoggDefender
5Tommy SmithDefender
6Ryan NelsenDefender
12Adam ThomasDefender
-Tim PayneStriker
8Michael McGlincheyMidfielder
-Marco RojasMidfielder
7Costa BarbarousesStriker
9Shane SmeltzStriker
20Chris WoodStriker
1Jake GleesonGoalkeeper
4Tim MyersDefender
14James MusaDefender
13Alex FeneridisMidfielder
15Cameron HowiesonMidfielder
17Adam McgeorgeMidfielder
16Dakota LucasStriker
Players to Watch
Neymar
Neymar
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
6 3 0 0
The striker has proven at this tournament why he's been linked with so many of the top clubs across Europe this summer. With two goals in his first two games, he's in excellent form and certainly has the ability to cause the New Zealand defence all sorts of problems and if he isn't kept quiet the opposition’s hopes of qualifying will be slim.
Chris Wood
Chris Wood
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
Neil Emblen's side need to win this game and to do that they need strength up front. Wood showed his predatory instincts in the game against Egypt and he will need to do so again to help his side reach the last eight
Prediction
Despite having already secured their place in the quarter-finals of the tournament, expect Brazil to win this one with ease. The gulf in quality is just too much, even if Mano Menezes chooses to rest some of his key players.
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