2021 Copa America – Brazil vs Venezuela Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Brazil vs Venezuela taking place? Sunday 13th June, 2021 – 22:00 (UK)

Where is Brazil vs Venezuela taking place? Estádio Nacional de Brasília, Brasília

Where can I get tickets for Brazil vs Venezuela? Visit the official Copa America website for the latest ticket information

What television channel is Brazil vs Venezuela on in the UK? BBC Red Button

Where can I stream Brazil vs Venezuela in the UK? This match can be streamed live on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website

THE TEAM NEWS

BRAZIL

  • Tite is in charge of the hosts and the best team in the tournament. A solid spine that has evolved from concerning immaturity to experienced nous in seven years provides a platform for several players in attacking positions able to express themselves. However, only to an extent. Defensive duties remain imperative even for the stars of Neymar.
  • Astonishingly, they were knocked out of the group stages of the 2016 Copa America in the United States. However, in the last nine tournaments, Brazil have won five including the most recent version in 2019 as hosts.
  • Alisson, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Casemiro. That’s the foundation for which Neymar, Roberto Firmino and Richarlison get to express themselves and feel confident Brazil will not concede more than one goal maximum. They have won their last four matches, all wins have come to nil.

VENEZUELA

  • This is a better Venezuelan generation than previous sides. However, a 3-1 win in the difficulty of La Paz at the start of this month was a setback in their preparation for this tournament; they recovered from that with a goalless draw at home to Uruguay. A midfield two of Tomas Rincon and Yangel Herrera gives Venezuela a lot of bite and intensity in the middle part of the pitch.
  • Venezuela have made it out of the group stage in four of the last five tournaments since 2007. Prior to that, they had never made it through the first round/group stage in the previous 12 tournaments.
  • Portuguese manager Jose Peseiro has a terrible record as Venezuela coach with just one win and a draw in his six matches so far. This is his 19th managerial role in a 29 year career and that journeyman, experienced side of him isn’t being shown in the results.

THE PREDICTION

It would be relatively easy to suggest that the Brazilians will comfortably win this match but, as said, there tends to be a lack of consistent potency. Those aforementioned four wins to nil in their last four matches have been low-scoring encounters with three successive 2-0 wins and a 1-0 win over Venezuela last November. They are the home team and by far the better side so a Brazil win is expected but it could be a low-scoring fixture.

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