Brazil (4-2-3-1):Â Cesar, Alves, Silva, Luiz, Maxwell, Paulinho, Fernandinho, Hulk, Oscar, Neymar, Fred
Neymar received an early scare after picking up an injury against Chile, but was seen training this week and could very well be fit to start against Colombia. Luiz Gustavo will play no part in the match after being shown his second yellow of the competition and will only be able to play if Brazil make it to the semi-finals. Left-back Marcelo is still a doubt for the match with Luiz Felipe Scolari likely to field Maxwell instead.
ColombiaÂ (4-4-2): Ospina, Zuniga, Zapata, Yepes, Armero, Cuadrado, Sanchez, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Martinez, Gutierrez
Colombia will be boosted as they have no pending suspensions or serious injuries meaning Jose Pekerman will have his entire team at his disposal going into the big match against Brazil. The manager should keep his original starting eleven from the game against Uruguay as he hopes to cause an upset by knocking out the host. Juan Cuadrado is one player Premier League clubs will be keeping an eye on, especially Manchester United who are in the market for the midfielder.
Colombia star at the #BRA 2014 World Cup James Rodriguez would have joined Birmingham City in 2008 but work permit prevented the move.
â€” Sportive23.net (@Sportive23_) July 4, 2014
Can’t wait to see Neymar and Rodriguez playing against each other
â€” Darren Raeburn (@darren_raeburn) July 4, 2014
3 – Only Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (4) has delivered more assists this World Cup tournament than Daley Blind (3). Architect.
â€” OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) July 3, 2014
Here’s a quick teaser to see just what could be expected when the two teams meet in the upcoming World Cup quarter finals. The international friendly ended 1-1, a very reasonable scoreline that could very well see the match decided in extra time or penalties.
Brazil vs. Colombia: An Alternative Preview
Brazil have reached the quarter-finals in each of their last six World Cups, but haven’t gone further than this round since 2002.
Colombia have made the quarter-finals for the first time in their World Cup history.
This will be the first World Cup meeting between the two South American sides.
The last four games between Brazil and Colombia have ended in draws, with three of those finishing goalless.
In their last clash in New York which ended 1-1, Juan Cuadrado opened the scoring just before half-time, with Neymar equalising in the second half.
Colombia last beat Brazil at the Copa America in 1991, losing seven and drawing five since that encounter.
That defeat remains Brazil’s only competitive loss to Colombia, winning 13 of their competitive meetings (D6 L1).
Colombia have failed to score in nine of their last 12 games against Brazil.
The Selecao have scored eight goals so far in the tournament, as many as they managed to reach the quarter finals in 2010.
Brazil have lost just one of their last 16 World Cup games when they had scored first (W13 D2).
Los Cafeteros’ 11 goals is the best ever haul in a World Cup. They need three more to beat their combined total of goals from their previous four World Cup appearances (14).
James Rodriguez is looking to become the first player since Rivaldo in 2002 to score in the first five games of a World Cup.
Should Rodriguez score here, he would become the first player to score in his first five career World Cup appearance since Teofilo Cubillas (across the 1970 and 1978 tournaments).
The Monaco player has scored with five of seven shots on target the tournament so far.
Juan Cuadrado is the first player to provide four assists in a World Cup since Riquelme and Totti in 2006.
In Serie A 2013/14, Cuadrado managed just five assists in 32 games, just one more than he has already provided in this World Cup.
Fred has managed to register just four shots on target in the tournament, three of those coming against Cameroon.
Brazil have conceded in each of their last eight World Cup quarter-finals.