The previous game between these two International giants ended in a 2-2 draw with Italy clawing their way back having been down 2 goals by half-time. This time around there seems to be no change with both teams coming into this game in supreme form and both showing the world class upside that they can offer.
Brazil have coasted through the group with two victories and two clean sheets meanwhile Italy had a scare in their previous game against Japan but managed to come away with all 3 points after being 2 goals down in the first half, they were outclassed but managed to sneak a winner.
Brazil and Neymar seem to have transcended to a new level in this tournament thus far with Neymar and the team itself impressing despite a few less-impressive moments. Luiz Felipe Scolari seems to have struck the right balance in the squad but the wasteful Hulk is still a cause for concern yet is persisted with. Neymar will be crucial in this game for the Selecao and his knack of scoring early stunners have given Brazil and easy way but the real challenge will be if Brazil fall behind.
The 4-2-3-1 employed by Scolari has worked well against Mexico and Japan but run the risk of losing the midfield battle to a much more fluid Andrea Pirlo driven Italy.
TEAM NEWS: David Luiz is expected to start despite a broken nose which was suffered in the previous game meanwhile Paulinho is a cause for concern and will be assessed.
Italy had a tough time in their last game dealing with the tenacity and persistence of the Japanese players but they eventually showed their quality which helped them prevail albeit a slice of luck with Japan hitting the post on two occasions later on and looking the more likely to score.
Claudio Marchisio will likely be benched with Ricardo Montolivo shining, meanwhile Sebastian Giovinco has been in good form and will be expected to start with Mario Balotelli spearheading the Italian team.
Italy need to have a plan B if Pirlo (who is a doubt for the game) does not get his passing game going as was evident in the UEFA Champions League tie against Bayern Munich that hard-working forwards Muller and Mandzukic ill afforded space and time for the Italian maestro resulting in a total steamrolling of Juventus. Cesare Prandelli will also be hopeful that Andrea Barzagli only suffered a blip against Japan and will be his usual dominant self to deal with elusive threat of Neymar and dexterity of Oscar.
TEAM NEWS: Andrea Pirlo is a doubt and may not play meanwhile Daniele de Rossi sits out due to suspension with Candreva likely to get the nod instead of the Roma midfielder.
MAN TO WATCH: NEYMAR
The recent Blaugrana acquisiton is our man to watch. If Pirlo misses out along with de Rossi who is suspended then that could spell trouble for the Italians. Neymar has been in good form and will look to build on it in this crucial though non-consequential tie with both team qualified for the semi-finals.
FULL TIME: Brazil 4-2 Brazil
1-0 42' Fred
2-0 45' Dante
2-1 52' Giaccherini
3-1 55' Neymar
3-2 70' Chiellini
4-2 88' Fred