Copa America - Team profiles - Brazil - 2015 06/11/2015 Preview, Odds and Overall Prediction
11th June 2015 - 4th July 2015
The Line: Argentina 9/4 Brazil 10/3 Chile 4/1 Colombia 6/1 Uruguay 12/1 Mexico 18/1 Ecudaor 25/1 Bar 40/1+ See the Latest Odds
TV: Setanta Sports, BT Sport, Bein Sports
The 2015 Copa America will be a star studded event and here at Sports Chat Place we want to give you all the information on the twelve teams taking part we will have a team profile each day and will of course cover every game of the tournament and provide tips and predictions for tournament bets, group bets and individual match bets. In our second installment we look at second favourites for the competition Brazil
Star Man: Neymar (Barcelona)
Young player to watch: Philip Couthino( Liverpool) Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Key Player: Thiago Silva (PSG)
Brazil have recovered from a terrible World Cup in which they made it to the semi-final but were then embarressed by Germany in a 7-1 rout. Led by Barcelona striker Neymar who was named captain following the World Cup Brazil will be looking to win a ninth Copa America in Chile this summer. Brazil though as I said have recovered well and beat their great rivals Argentina 2-0 in a friendly at the end of last year. While Neymar is Brazil's best player and biggest goal threat I think the key to Brazil's tournament will be the performances of Thiago Silva. When Silva plays and dominates Brazil are tough to beat and in this competition good central defenders will be at a premium. Silva has the ability to cover for the more flamboyant mistake prone David Luiz (PSG) and will be the rock on which Brazil's defence is built.
This is definitely a transition period for Brazil and with few meaningful games to really judge how good this squad is it is hard to gauge how good or bad they are. Philip Couthino had a good if not great season for Liverpool in the EPL and could be one of the main playmakers for the side if given the chance but with Oscar and Willian (both Chelsea) ahead of him in the pecking order Couthino may have to play himself into more playing time. Dunga has a chance to redeem himself though after a terrible World Cup in 2010. This may be a work in progress and personally the naming of Robinho and the ommission of Luiz Adriano is a mistake but hey he is the manager and he'll live and die by such personnel decisions.
While this is a talented Brazil team I think they struggle to make it to the final here, I like Colombia alot in their group although this may work out for the best as that would mean avoiding Argentina in a semi final. Either way though I think this Brazil team is going to come up short. I see them making it as far as the semi final before succumbing to either the hosts or the favourites.