ESPN Brasil have claimed that the battle between Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus in the North London derby on Saturday could dictate who starts up front for Brazil at the World Cup.

Richarlison started both of Brazil’s friendlies against Ghana and Tunisia during the international break, scoring three goals and providing an assist.

Meanwhile, Jesus was not picked in the squad for the two matches but the Arsenal man has had a promising start to the season at club level, having recorded four goals and three assists in seven Premier League games since his switch to the Emirates (Transfermarkt).

ESPN Brasil claim that despite Jesus missing out on the recent squad, Brazil manager Tite knows what he can offer. The publication even suggests that the former Manchester City man might be the frontrunner to wear the number nine shirt over Richarlison.

ESPN states that the two forwards might not only be fighting for bragging rights for their respective clubs on Sunday but also for a place in Tete’s starting lineup at the World Cup.

The report reads: “Gabriel Jesus watched from his home in London. However, Arsenal’s number 9 is one of Tite’s favourites and the most quoted to keep the place, despite Richarlison’s great recent performance.

“Now, the two will have one more chance to prove to coach Tite who most deserves the spot. The North London Derby, which is already worth a lot in itself, could be worth even more: the starting place for Brazil in the World Cup.”

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I think Richarlison has shown enough in a Brazil shirt over recent months to be confident of starting for the Selecao in their opening World Cup clash against Serbia.  However, both Richarlison and Jesus will be aware that an impressive performance in the derby on Saturday will do their chances no harm.

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