The two top guns of Group B will lock horns at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Brazil and Ecuador are the highest ranked team in the group that also have Peru, and Haiti.
Brazil is heading to the tournament without some of their key men, and recently was hit with another blow of injury as former FIFA world player of the year ‘Ricardo kaka” bowed out the squad due to a hamstring injury. Brazil is 8 times winners of this tournament, and last won in the 2007 edition that took place in Venezuela.
The Ecuadorian national team has been producing great performances in recent games. The yellows, ranked 12th for May FIFA ranking, which happened to be their best ranking in a long while. Ecuador is still in search of COPA America glory, and can only boast of a 4th place finish.
Brazil has only been able to manage 2 victories in 6 of their World cup qualifiers games, losing out to Chile, and squandering a 2-0 lead to salvage a draw against Uruguay. The Selecao however recorded a 2-0 victory over Panama in an international friend last weekend.
Ecuador on the other hand, has produced sumptuous result against difficult side like Uruguay, and Argentina in their world cup qualifiers game. The Yellows have lost once in their last 6 competitive games, aside from the loss they suffered from the hands of USA in an international friendly last week.
Brazil Predicted Line-Up: (4-3-3)
Alisson – Felipe Luis, Gil, Marquinhos, Alves – Casemiro, Agusto, Elias – Coutinho, Willian, Hulk.
Key Player: Hulk (Striker) / Age: 29 / Int Cap: 46 / Goals: 12.
Ecuador Predicted Line-Up: (4-4-2)
Dominguez: Ramirez, Erazo, Ayovi, Paredes: Valencia, Montero, Noboa, Gruezo: Enner, Bolanos.
Key Player: Antonio Valencia (Midfielder) / Age: 30 / Int Caps: 80 / Goals: 8.
Brazil Vs Ecuador: Head-To-Head-Stats
These two teams have met each other couple of time. They were kept in same group at the 2011 edition of the COPA America, and their meeting produced 6 goals, as Brazil thrashed the yellows with a 4-2 score line.
However, their recent encounter took place in 2014 during an international friendly game which Brazil won by a one goal. Ecuador Senior national team last defeated Brazil in 2001 world cup qualifier game.
Brazil Vs Ecuador: Prediction
The two sides can cancel out each other looking at each side recent run of form. Brazil is recently placed 7th in June FIFA ranking, while Ecuador are placed 13th in same month ranking.
Regardless of the absence of Neymar, Luiz, Oscar, and Silva; Dunga still have with him a mixture of young, talented and experienced players who can turn games and produce result.
Ecuador will love to avoid their poor run at the last COPA America in Chile. Gustavo Quinteros led side are going to be without the services of Felipe Calcedo but are in the best form of life to make a huge mark in this special edition of COPA America.
We will however be seeing one of the best group clash for the competition an evenly poised encounter between the two side. Both teams have an equal opportunity of clinching the maximum point, with an over 50% possibility of both side sharing points.
Score Prediction: Brazil 4-1 Ecuador.
Recommended Bet: Brazil Win (odds @ 1.90)
Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals (odds 2.10)
Risky Bet: Scored Draw (odds 4.50)
*All Odds from Ladbrokes at the time of composing this article.
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