vs. Location: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla Brazil roster: Goleiros: Alisson, Ederson, Weverton Laterais: Danilo, Emerson, Alex Sandro, Guilherme Arana Zagueiros: Eder Militão, Lucas Veríssimo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva Meio-campistas: Casemiro, Edenílson, Everton Ribeiro, Fabinho, Fred, Gerson, Lucas Paquetá Atacantes: Antony, Gabigol, Gabriel Jesus, Matheus Cunha, Neymar, Raphinha, Vinicius Júnior From neighboring Venezuela, Brazil crosses the border to the city of Barranquilla to face host Colombia at the same stadium where, on September 5, 2017, Tite's Brazil saw its 9-win streak in WCQ come to a halt as the locals drew Brazil 1-1. It was only 4 years ago, but yes, under Tite, Brazil had built its first-ever record of nine straight wins in WCQ. The current streak stands out not only as it is current, but because it is a streak of 9 wins in 9 matches from the very first WCQ fixture. That streak was interrupted by a friendship match (against Colombia, in a gesture to thank that country for its kind and thoughtful reaction to the Chapecoense disaster in late 2016) and by two FIFA friendly games (Argentina and Australia). Colombia is one of the toughest teams in CONMEBOL. It may appear difficult to believe, but from 2002 to 2010, Colombia was absent from the World Cup, although it reached the quarterfinals in 2014 and the round of 16 in 2018. It recently gave Brazil a very tough match - in Brazil, valid for the 2021 Copa América - which Brazil won only at the last minute. In that tournament, Colombia reached the semifinals and was eliminated by Argentina only on PKs. In this WCQ, Colombia started poorly, with a 0-3 loss at home (at this very same city and stadium) to Uruguay. This was followed by a 6-1 rout at Ecuador. In very early 2021, Reinaldo Rueda replaced Carlos Queiroz, and Colombia has improved, to the extent it is now in 4th place with 14 points. Its best results have been a 0-3 away win at Peru, as well as a last-minute 2-2 draw at home vs. Argentina, although Colombia only drew at Bolivia and Paraguay in September, with both matches ending 1-1. On the 10/7/2021 round, Colombia visited Uruguay. Both teams earned 1 point each with a 0-0 draw. Absent will be Everton's James Rodriguez, who was also absent in the September fixtures. A regular starter for Colombia for years, including in Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018, Rueda has opted to leave Rodriguez out - a move that would be comparable to Tite leaving out a match-fit Neymar. But given Rueda's Colombia has become stabler and steadier, one may not be able to argue with the decision. Against Venezuela, Tite's Brazil was disjointed (albeit nowhere as much as in the first half at Chile) and showed limited aggressiveness, despite the ball hitting the woodwork. Raphinha changed the match in the second half as Brazil stormed back to win the match 1-3. Neymar will be back, and however contested he is, his presence on the pitch will be necessary given Brazil will be facing one of the most complicated NTs in CONMEBOL. That Brazil and Colombia played a friendship game in January 2017 may be less known than the foul Neymar suffered when Camilo Zúñiga kneed his back in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup. Neymar left the tournament and 4 years later, Colombia went to Russia without him - in the same year, he retired. Tite's Brazil will need much more concentration and attention against a team loaded with players who earn their wages in UEFA clubs such as Everton, Juventus, Porto, and Feyenoord. Venezuela has Europe-based players as well, but Colombia is a decidedly superior opponent, and a win for the hosts or a draw would be no surprise. Brazil has played WCQ matches in Colombia six times starting from a 0-2 win in 1969. WCQ matches between these teams in Colombia tend to be low-scoring affairs: 0-0 on 2/20/1977 en route to 1978, 0-0 on 3/2/2000 en route to 2002, 1-2 for Brazil on 9/7/2003 en route to 2006, 0-0 on 10/14/2007 en route to 2010, and 1-1 on 9/5/2017 en route to 2018. Brazil has never lost there for WCQ. Will this streak continue - and can Tite's Brazil make it 10 for 10 and break the 2018 WCQ streak? The following were the starting XI deployed by Reinaldo Rueda for his team's 0-0 draw at Uruguay on 10/7/2021: David Ospina; John Medina, Yerry Mina, Carlos Cuesta, Johan Mojica; Juan Cuadrado, Wilmar Barrios; Mateus Uribe, Luis Díaz; Rafael Borré, Radamel Falcao.