Brazil will look to strengthen their hold on first place in Group A when they take on Venezuela at Arena Fonte Nava in the Copa America.
The Selecao started the tournament with a comfortable 3-0 win over Bolivia, thanks to a Philippe Coutinho brace after half-time while Everton sealed the victory coming off the bench. The 8-time champions are looking to win for a ninth time, with their last win coming way back in 2007.
While there is pressure on Tite’s men with the fans booing the team at half-time, playing at home also gives them an advantage.
On the other hand, Venezuela has never won the tournament, with their best finish coming in the form of a semifinal appearance in 2011. However, Rafael Dudamel’s men have started this edition in the right way, holding higher-ranked Peru to a goalless draw in their first group game.
La Vinotinto were reduced to 10 men with 15 minutes to go due to a second yellow for Luis Mago. However, they held on for a crucial point, which could still provide them with a way out of group A.
In terms of team news, Tite threw a surprise by starting both Fernandinho and Casemiro against Bolivia. Neres and Richarlison flanked Coutinho while Roberto Firmino led the line. A similar lineup can be expected with the possibility of Gabriel Jesus coming in for Firmino, as the latter is coming off a long season with Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Dudamel will have to reshuffle his troops due to Mago’s suspension. Barring that, Venezuela has a fully fit squad to choose from.
Brazil is dominant over their opponents. The hosts failed to win just three games in the 27 meetings between the sides. Further, they have won 6 of the last seven match-ups between the two in this tournament, scoring 27 goals and conceding just 2 in return.
The Selecao are unbeaten in their last six meetings with Venezuela, registering four clean sheets in the process.
Brazil vs Venezuela Prediction
Considering form, it is Tite’s men who emerge once again as favorites. Brazil has lost just one game in their last 27, the defeat to Belgium in the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals. Further, they have kept seven consecutive clean sheets at home in the Copa America, last conceding in 1989 against Venezuela.
Now, La Vinotinto will take heart from that fact along with the knowledge that they have lost just once in their last eight games. Further, they have lost only 2 of their last 14 Copa America group stage games.
However, one of those two losses came against Brazil in the 2015 edition of the tournament. Also, Venezuela has faced the hosts of various Copa Americas 14 times in total, and have lost all of their matches, conceding 61 goals while scoring only 4 in return.
Thus, Dudamel’s side will tighten up and try to hold Brazil for as long as possible. However, the hosts should have enough firepower to pick up another win.
Predicted Brazil XI: Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Silva, Luis; Casemiro, Fernandinho; Richarlison, Coutinho, Neres; Jesus
Predicted Venezuela XI: Farinez; Hernandez, Chancellor, Villanueva, Rosales; Savarino, Herrera, Moreno, Rincon, Murillo; Rondon