Brazil v Bolivia Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 11, 2019
Estadio de Morumbi - Copa America 2019
Hosts Brazil get their Copa America 2019 campaign underway with a first group stage game against Bolivia, before clashes with Venezuela and Peru.
These two sides last faced each other in 2018 World Cup qualification, with the Bolivians holding Tite's side to a 0-0 draw at home, before La Selecao won 5-0 in Brazil three days later -thanks to goals from Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Filipe Luis, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino.
The big news for Brazil has been the withdrawal of star striker Neymar due to injury, with Tite calling up Chelsea's Willian replacement for the Paris Saint Germain striker. He does still have plenty of star quality, with Alisson, Ederson, Thiago Silva, Alves, Arthur Melo, Coutinho, Casemiro, Firmino, Rcharlison and Jesus all called up.
The majority of the Bolivia squad is selected from their domestic league, with only three of their 23-man squad playing their club football outside of Bolivia. Striker Marcelo Martins is the main man for them, with 17 international goals, their second highest ever goal scorer.
Brazil v Bolivia Preview and Predictions
Tite is under pressure to deliver Copa America glory for Brazil on home turf, with no win since 2007, and it is the first time they have hosted the competition since 1983. With a star studded squad they are expected to go all the way in the tournament, currently priced as 11/8 favourites to win it, ahead of Argentina, and they should make light work of the Bolivians.
Bolivia head into the tournament on a really bad run of form, with no win in their last seven games, including defeats in their last three matches - against South Korea, Japan and France. The focus for Eduardo Villegas will be to negotiate their way out of the group in second place, for a first Copa America knockout place since 2015 in Chile, for La Verde.
A Brazil win brings in little value for a flutter, but Brazil to win both halves is a real option with profit - coming in at a price 10/11.
Despite the absence of Neymar, Brazil are not expected to suffer too much in the goal scoring department, having scored six goals in their three warm up games for the competition - and Brazil win with over 2.5 total goals scored bet is available at 1/2.
Brazil to win 3-0 at 9/2
Tite and his players will want to/will have to make a statement to their notoriously demanding fans with a statemented win in the opening game of the competition, and against a poor Bolivian side they should have little problem racking up a few goals.
Gabriel Jesus to score anytime at 5/2
Jesus is an absolute certainty to start this game, in the absence of Neymar, and he has shown good recent form for club and country. He ended the season with two goals in Manchester City's FA Cup final win, and he has three goals in his last three games for the national side.