Brazil-Uruguay Preview: Neymar and Cavani top semi-final billing
The Selecao continue their quest for a third straight Confederations Cup title with a last-four showdown against Oscar Tabarez's side in Belo Horizonte
By Karthick Arvinth
Brazil defender David Luiz is available for Wednesday's last-four clash against Uruguay after recovering from a bruised leg.
Midfielder Paulinho is set to return to the starting XI after missing the 4-2 win over Italy with an ankle injury, but Bernard (foot) is a doubt.
Hulk is expected to start ahead of Lucas Moura in attack, despite failing to impress in the group stage.
Uruguay captain Diego Lugano returns after serving a one-match ban for accumulating two yellow cards, but fellow defender Andres Scotti is ruled out after getting sent off in the 8-0 win over Tahiti.
Coach Oscar Tabarez is likely to persist with the attacking trio of Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani despite Abel Hernandez's four-goal haul against the Pacific islanders.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Brazil are on a four-match winning run and are unbeaten in their last nine.
- The Selecao have won their last two encounters with Uruguay, including a 4-0 thumping in a World Cup qualifier in June 2009.
- Luiz Felipe Scolari's first-ever match in charge of Brazil ended in a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in July 2001.
- Uruguay have won four of their last five international fixtures.
- The two-time world champions have registered just one victory in their last seven encounters against South American opponents (W1, D2, L4).
- It is 63 years since Uruguay's famous 'Maracanazo' victory, when they defeated hosts Brazil 2-1 in the World Cup final of 1950.
- Luis Suarez (pictured, right) scored his 35th and 36th goals for Uruguay in the win over Tahiti to replace Diego Forlan at the top of the all-time scorers' list.
Top 3 Predictions
Brazil 3-1 Uruguay
- 22.65 %
Brazil 2-1 Uruguay
- 17.32 %
Brazil 1-2 Uruguay
- 9.31 %
|FIFA Confederations Cup (FCC)||27-Jun-2013||Brazil 2 - Uruguay 1|
|World Cup Qualifying - South America (WCQS)||07-Jun-2009||Uruguay 0 - Brazil 4|
|World Cup Qualifying - South America (WCQS)||22-Nov-2007||Brazil 2 - Uruguay 1|
|Copa America (CA)||11-Jul-2007||Uruguay 6 - Brazil 7|
|20-Nov-2013||Brazil 2 - Chile 1||FR|
|17-Nov-2013||Honduras 0 - Brazil 5||FR|
|15-Oct-2013||Brazil 2 - Zambia 0||FR|
|12-Oct-2013||South Korea 0 - Brazil 2||FR|
|11-Sep-2013||Brazil 3 - Portugal 1||FR|
|-||Néstor Muslera Micol|
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