Bolivia vs. Brazil
|Date & Time||Friday June 14, 2019, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
Cícero Pompeu de Toledo Stadium
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Brazil -1200 / Bolivia +900 / Draw +2200
Brazil will open the 2019 Copa America tournament at the Cícero Pompeu de Toledo Stadium in São Paulo. Brazil will be playing against Bolivia as both teams will be competing for points in Group A.
Brazil played a warm-up match against Honduras which was a great chance for the team to flex their muscles. Brazil won the match 7-0 with most players playing very well. Gabriel Jesus scored 2 goals while Roberto Firmino, Richarlison, and Coutinho all scored 1 goal. Brazil are unbeaten since the World Cup but that will count for nothing if Brazil are unable to win this tournament. This side had a very poor 2018 FIFA World Cup as they were eliminated in the quarterfinals and this is a chance for the team to get some redemption. Looking around the park, Brazil have all their bases covered. Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino will provide an attacking spark. Alan and Casimiro will provide a stable midfield while Thiago Silva and Miranda will ensure the defense has experience and skill. Allison is an exceptional goalkeeper for Brazil. The team looks balanced and with the support of the crowd, Brazil will be tough to defeat.
Bolivia, on the other hand, will have a very tough task to begin their tournament. Bolivia has not been playing well as they have lost their last 3 games. In their last outing, Bolivia played against France in a match which they lost 2-0. Looking through the Bolivia squad, there are no players who play in Europe and it is hard to see how this team competes with the power of Brazil. Marcelo Martins will be the key player for Bolivia as the striker has played at clubs like Werder Bremen and Wigan. Martins has played 70 games for Bolivia and his experience will be vital for the team.
Bolivia are one of the weaker sides in this tournament and it will be very tough for the team to cause an upset in this match. Bolivia lack experience and skill which will make it very tough as the crowd will be against. Brazil are a very strong team and they will be boosted by the crowd who will be on their side. The likes of Gabriel Jesus, Thiago Silva and Casemiro are only a few superstars in the Brazil team and they should have enough talent to win this fixture with some ease.