A preview of tonight’s big clash in Group A.
Where: Arena Fonte Nova
When: 22.00 BST
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The top spot in Group A is up for grabs tonight as Italy meet hosts Brazil in their final match of the group before the Confederations Cup semi-finals.
The two sides have won both of their games so far, eliminating Mexico and Japan from a tough group, and establishing their status as favourites for the tournament, alongside Spain of Group B.
Italy’s last match was a thriller, as they overcame a tricky Japan side 4-3, with their attack looking in fine form to help them come back from 2-0 down. However, they have a poor record against Brazil, having last beaten them 30 years ago, and lost 3-0 to them in the last Confederations Cup four years ago.
Brazil are arguably not at their best at the moment, but are starting to find their rhythm in this tournament, with Neymar providing the spark in their wins over Japan and Mexico, scoring two excellent goals and providing an impossible-looking assist for Fred’s goal to make it 2-0 in their last game.
Both sides will be keen to take the all-important top spot, as they seek to avoid a semi-final tie with Spain, who are likely to win Group B. They should name their strongest lineups, with Italy perhaps making some changes such as bringing in their match-winner from their last game, Sebastian Giovinco, and giving AC Milan youngster Stephan El Shaarawy a chance to shine.
David Luiz is expected to be fit for tonight’s game despite breaking his nose in the game against Mexico, however Hulk could be dropped after failing to impress in the opening two games so far, likely being replaced by PSG’s Lucas Moura.