Brazil v Venezuela Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 17, 2019
Fonte Nova Arena - Copa America
Brazil take on Venezuela in their second group game of the 2019 Copa America, with Tite's side looking for a second successive win.
Brazil beat Venezuela home and away in their 2018 World Cup qualification, with Chelsea forward Willian scoring in both games for La Selecao.
Venezuela's last win over Brazil came back in a 2008 international friendly match, a run of six winless meetings.
Tite has no injury concerns ahead of the game in Bahia, but he could rotate Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino, as he continues to ease his way back to full fitness from a groin injury.
Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus could come in, after replacing Firmino in the 3-0 win over Bolivia, in their first game of the competition, with Willian another option.
Venezuela will be without midfielder Luis Mago, after he was sent off in their opening game 0-0 draw with Peru, with Yeferson Soteldo or Luis Seijas likely to come into the starting line up.
Brazil v Venezuela Predictions and Preview
Brazil were booed off at half time against Bolivia, after going in score less, however two goals from Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho turned the game in their favour to secure a 3-0 win.
With a demanding fan base and home advantage, Tite's side will need to put on a performance and collect all three points if they are to ease the pressure on themselves for the tournament knockout stages, and a win puts them into the quarter finals.
Venezuela were slightly lucky to come away with a point against an impressive Peru side, particularly after the dismissal of Mago, but Rafael Dudamel's side dug deep to get a point.
The are likely to have to wait on their final game, against Bolivia, to see if they can progress to the last eight, with Brazil on a mission to win this competition on home soil.
A win for Brazil comes in at a low value price, but a victory for Coutinho and co, with over 1.5 goals scored is available at 1/3, which brings in some return for a low risk option.
Brazil's slow start against Bolivia shows the pressure they are under, and Venezuela will make things difficult and a half time draw/full time Brazil win bet is available for a price of 13/5.
Brazil to win 2-0 at 9/2
Tite's side are yet to hit top form, and they may not have to do so to win this tournament, with main rivals Argentina already slipping to a first game defeat. however the host nation will need to remain consistent ahead of the quarter finals.
Philippe Coutinho to score anytime at 6/5
Coutinho admitted pre-tournament that he had endured an underwhelming season with Barcelona, however he show nerves of steel to score a penalty in the opening game - and get Brazil off the mark in a tight game. He will be on penalty and free kick duty and could be the key man for them in the absence of Neymar.