Brazil will play host to the Copa America for the first time in 30 years as they attempt to win the title they last won in 2007 but their preparations for this tournament have not gone to plan.
Neymar was ruled out of the competition before a ball had been kicked when he suffered an injury to his ankle in a warm-up game against Qatar with Chelsea forward Willian receiving a late call-up to replace him.
Despite Neymar’s absence, the Brazilians are not short of talent with the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Philippe Coutinho and Richarlison set to provide the attacking spark whilst Alisson will look to take his form with Liverpool into the international arena.
Bolivia have never travelled particularly well away from home, mainly thanks to the advantage they gain when playing in the punishing altitude of La Paz and this competition is set to be no different.
They are likely to try and stifle the opposition throughout the tournament but particularly in this opening encounter against the Brazilians who will be looking to attack at every opportunity.
The Bolivians are starved of any genuine star quality and will need to try and earn results through solid team performances whilst veteran striker Marcelo Martins will need to be clinical in front of goal.
Brazil will hope they can overcome the loss of star player Neymar as they kick off the Copa America as hosts. They still have a squad strong enough to cope without him but any side would miss a player of his calibre and it is up to his teammates to step up in his absence. The Brazilians have not won this competition for 12 years but in a wide-open tournament, they will be looking to utilise home advantage and should get off to a winning start with Bolivia unlikely to pose them many problems.
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