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Preview: Italy v Brazil

Confederations Cup

Teams: Italy v Brazil

Date: 22 June 2013

Venue: Arena Fonte Nova

Confederations Cup hosts Brazil will be looking to secure top spot in Group A when they take on Italy in their final group game on Satuday.

Both sides are unbeaten in their opening two games, meaning that they have already qualified for the semi-finals of the World Cup dress rehearsal.

Both sides are likely to be without some crucial players as Brazil midfielder Paulinho is nursing an ankle injury while the Azzurri see veteran Andrea Pirlo ruled out with a leg injury and Daniele De Rossi suspended.

The two teams met at the same time in the last event, but it was in different circumstances as Italy needed a win to stay in but instead were beaten and tumbled out.

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari admitted that he is likely to field the same team that he has trusted throughout, in which case all eyes will be on Neymar - who has certainly stood out at the event so far.

The South Americans have enjoyed some level of dominance over the Europeans in recent years, having gone unbeaten in six against the Italians.

Their most recent meeting, in March 2013, was an entertaining 2-2 draw.

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