Hosts Brazil will look to get past Peru in the finals of this edition of Copa America at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.
Tite’s men have reached the final without suffering a single defeat and without conceding a single goal. They finished top of Group A before beating Paraguay on penalties in the quarterfinals.
The Selecao faced their arch-rivals Argentina in the semifinals, where goals by Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus sealed a 2-0 win and progress to their first final since 2007.Embed from Getty Images
Further, Brazil have won each of the previous 4 times when they hosted the Copa America and will look to do it for the 5th time on Sunday, making it 9 title wins overall.
On the other hand, Peru will look to avenge the thumping group stage defeat, where they lost 5-0 to the hosts. They qualified as one of the best third-placed teams and faced Uruguay in the quarterfinals.
La Blanquirroja rode their luck as Uruguay’s 3 goals were disallowed and then defeated La Celeste on penalties to set up a semifinal clash with Chile. In the final four, Ricardo Gareca’s men punished some shambolic defending with goals from Edison Flores, Yoshimar Yotun and Paolo Guerrero to move into the final.Embed from Getty Images
In defeating Chile, Peru are playing in their first final since 1975, despite reaching the semifinals in 3 out of the last 4 editions of Copa America. Now, La Blanquirroja are gunning for their 3rd continental crown, winning each of the previous two finals they played in.
In terms of team news, Brazil’s front four of Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Everton and Philippe Coutinho are expected to start once again. Filipe Luis is expected to be fit for the final and will start at left-back.
However, Tite will be without Willian, who is ruled out, while Fernandinho and Richarlison are doubts to be on the bench.
Coming to Peru, their second all-time leading goalscorer Jefferson Farfan is the only doubt and Ricardo Gareca is expected to go largely with the same side that won against Chile.
Head-To-Head and Brazil vs Peru Prediction
Looking at head-to-head, it is a no-contest. Out of the last 27 meetings between the two sides, Brazil have won 18 to Peru’s 3 with the remaining ending in draws. In fact, the hosts have never lost to their opponents under Tite, winning each of the previous 2 matches.
However, La Blanquirroja did beat Brazil in 2016 in Dunga’s last game in charge of the Selecao. Gareca’s side are nevertheless not in their best form and will find it tough to breach this Brazil side. In fact, they have failed to score in 11 of their last 16 meetings between the two.
None of the previous 4 encounters saw both teams scoring, a pattern which could continue considering Brazil’s form. The Selecao have lost just once in their last 31 games and have kept 13 clean sheets in the last 15 games.
Thus, the hosts are absolute favorites in this final and should coast to a routine win.
Predicted Brazil XI: Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Silva, Luis; Arthur, Casemiro; Jesus, Coutinho, Everton; Firmino
Predicted Peru XI: Gallese; Advincula, Zambrano, Abram, Trauco; Yotun, Tapia; Carrillo, Cueva, Flores; Guerrero