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Brazil v South Korea Preview: A Selecao to press ahead in Qatar

Brazil will be looking to continue their quest for a record-extending sixth World Cup when they take on South Korea in the last 16 stage on Monday at 19:00.

Even without their talisman, Neymar, for the last two group games, A Selecao managed to go through as Group G winners and book their place in the knockout stages.

South Korea scored a 91st-minute winner to defeat Portugal in their final Group H clash and snatch second place from Uruguay, who exited the tournament on goals scored.

Brazil to ramp up the tempo

What: Brazil v South Korea, World Cup last 16
Where: Stadium 974, Doha
When: 19:00, Monday 5th December 2022
How to watch: ITV
Odds: Brazil 1/4, Draw 9/2, South Korea 12/1

Brazil appeared to be on course for a perfect group stage, having opened up their campaign in Qatar with a 2-0 victory over Serbia before edging past Switzerland 1-0.

With the knowledge their place in the last 16 stage was secured, Tite made some changes for the final group match against Cameroon, notably giving Vinicius Junior, Richarlison and Thiago Silva a rest.

Brazil ended up losing 1-0 to the Indomitable Lions and, although that defeat didn't affect their place at the top of the pool, it will serve as a reminder that anything can happen at a World Cup.

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Tite is expected to restore Vinicius, Richarlison and Silva to his starting XI for Monday's encounter, while Lucas Paqueta and Casemiro are also in line to return to the fold.

South Korea have shown they can handle themselves against top opposition, having overcome Portugal 2-1 in the group stage, but Brazil will be a different beast and they may struggle to handle the extra class.

The Tigers of Asia are featuring in the last 16 for the first time since 2010, and they will have to do something they have not done since 1999 in order to progress further - beat Brazil.

A Selecao have won the last four meetings - scoring 13 and conceding three - and they will fancy their chances of extending that record against a South Korea side that have let in four goals in Qatar from three games.

Neymar to play a part

To make matters worse for South Korea, Brazil's star man Neymar is making good progress from his ankle injury and is in line to make a return to the starting XI.

Having been forced to watch from the sidelines for the last two games, the Paris Saint-Germain forward will be itching to get back onto the pitch and drive his side on.

Neymar scored in the 2-0 victory over Mexico in the last 16 meeting at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and can be backed at 6/5 to net anytime in Monday's encounter, while he is 10/3 to break the deadlock.

It's also worth noting Brazil's talisman bagged a brace in the 5-1 win over South Korea in the most recent meeting between these sides in June this year, so they are an opposition he enjoys playing against.

Spurs ace offers threat

Son Heung-min has been the poster boy for South Korea for several years now and, while he hasn't found the back of the net yet, his presence and quality on the field has helped the team get through the group phase.

The Tottenham Hotspur forward, who has been wearing a face mask throughout the tournament because of the facial injury he suffered before the major event, possesses great pace and he could present a danger if Brazil do not mark him carefully.

Son is available at 4/1 to score anytime, while it is 11/1 that he bags the first or last goal of the contest.

Value in the cards market

Brazil have, for the most part, avoided the glance of the officials during the group stage and have only picked up three yellow cards - just six teams have been cautioned less.

Tite's men have been disciplined, avoiding the need for any rash challenges, but they have also had things generally their own way and rarely been under the cosh during games.

When it comes to the knockout stages, the pressure and nerves increase and there is more chance of some clumsy, or even cynical, tackles being made.

South Korea do have some pace on the break, which could lead to Brazil needing to stop the play illegally, and the over 1.5 cards for Tite's troops at 1/1 looks appealing.

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