Peru v Brazil Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 21, 2019
Corinthians Arena - Copa America
Brazil take on Peru in their Copa America 2019 Group A game, with the winner clinching top spot ahead of the quarter finals.
Brazil beat Peru home and away in qualification for the 2018 World Cup, and they have won their last five of their last six meetings with the Peruvians.
However, Peru's most recent win over La Selecao came in the 2016 Copa America, with Raul Ruidiaz netting the winner in a 1-0 victory.
Peru have no fresh injur concerns after their 3-1 win against Bolivia, with manager Ricardo Gareca set to name an unchanged starting line up, including veteran striker Paolo Guerrero and Jefferson Farfan in attack.
Tite made on change from the side side that beat Bolivia, to the side that drew with Venezuela, with Arthur replacing Fernandinho, and the Manchester City midfielder could return in place of Real Madrid Casemiro's, who has a knee problem.
Richarlison could also be rotated, with Chelsea's Willian and Gabriel Jesus waiting in the wings.
Peru v Brazil Predictions and Preview
Peru have looked particularly solid in their games so far in this tournament, unbeaten so far, with four points, they should comfortably qualify for the knockout stages of the competition, regardless of the result in this game for Guerrero's side.
They are likely to see this clash as something of a free hit, with Tite's side under increasing pressure from the home support, following an underwhelming start to the tournament, despite the tag as favourites to go on and win it in the coming weeks.
Brazil were impressive in patches against Bolivia in their opening game, but they were effectively marshalled by Venezuela last time out, and that has led to criticism of both Tite and his players ahead of this now crunch tie with Peru.
Qualification is no longer a concern for the hosts, but their fans will be demanding a statement prior to the quarter finals, particularly with arch rivals Argentina seemingly floundering in their own group, leaving the gate wide open for the Brazilians.
Despite a laboured performance against Venezuela, Brazil should be refreshed for this tie and even a simple Brazil to win bet does present some value in the market, priced at 3/8.
Guerrero's side have proved to be a tough nut to crack so far in the Copa America, conceding just one goal in their opening two games, and despite Brazil's all star attack, this is unlikely to be a goal filled encounter in Sao Paolo.
With that in mind, an under 2.5 total goals scored bet is available at 21/20.
Brazil to win 2-0 at 11/2
La Selecao supporters may not get the big performance they have been calling for since the start of the competition, however Tite has consistently proven to be a pragmatic manager, capable of getting results when he needs to. This tie will be a case of three points and on to the last eight, where Peru should join them as either second in the group or one of the best third placed sides, should Venezuela win their final game against Bolivia.
Gabriel Jesus to score anytime at 4/5
The Manchester City front man is the joint highest international goal scorer for Brazil, in this squad, alongside Philippe Coutinho, and he could well be given a chance from the start here, as Tite looks to freshen up his attacking options. Liverpool's Roberto Firmino is still feeling his way back to full fitness, while neither fellow attackers David Neres or Richarlison have completed 90 minutes in the competition so far, leaving a chance for Jesus to come in,