Copa American favourites Brazil kick-off the knockout phase of the competition against Paraguay. The Seleção strolled through the group-stage, netting eight goals from their first three matches and, impressively, failed to concede in 270 minutes of action. Meanwhile, rivals Paraguay advanced alongside Peru as the two best third placed nations.
Where and when: Arena do Grêmio, Porto Alegre – 28 June, kick-off 01:30
Where you can see Brazil vs. Paraguay: Premier Sports
Last time: Brazil coasted to a 3-0 victory back in March 2017, courtesy of efforts from Philippe Coutinho, Neymar and Marcelo.
|Richarlison to score first||7/2||Offer|
|Under 1.5 goals||3/1||Offer|
|Brazil to win 2-0||17/4||Offer|
Brazil vs. Paraguay Predictions and Preview
Brazil Head Coach Tite shuffled his pack for the 5-0 thrashing over Peru and now has a welcome selection dilemma for the quarter-final tie. Everton and Gabriel Jesus started in place of regulars Richarlison and David Neres, while Willian netted after coming off the bench in the second-half.
Roberto Firmino also scored and the Liverpool fan favourite is likely to edge out Jesus for the lone forward role. Firmino is 4/1 to open proceedings and his selfless displays at club level are being replicated on the international scene, much to the benefit of the three playmakers behind him.
Former team-mate on Merseyside Coutinho has enjoyed a good tournament to date. In the absence of talisman Neymar, the Barcelona record buy has stepped up, and will be influential to the hopes of the Seleção.
Coutinho is 7/5 to net anytime and will line-up in his preferred number 10 role which has so far evaded him in Spain. Brazil are backed at 2/11 to triumph in 90 minutes and 1/10 to advance to the semi-final.
In the opposing camp, Paraguay squeezed through ahead of Japan due to their superior goal difference.
Los Guaraníes are not fancied, but do have a good forward line with Newcastle talent Miguel Almiron featuring alongside veteran Oscar Cardozo. Cardozo is 11/2 in the anytime scorer market, while Derlis Gonzales, who plies his trade at club level in Brazil, is 10/1 in the same betting. The rank outsiders are 22/1 to claim glory in regulation time and 10/1 outright.
One to watch for Brazil: Everton struck in the rout against Peru and has played himself in to contention for this encounter. The Gremio forward is 4/1 in the anytime scorer market.
One to watch for Paraguay: Almiron impressed in the 1-1 draw with Argentina and is 33/1 to hit the final goal of the contest.
Long shot: The forward line will get the plaudits, but in goal, defence and at the base of midfield, there are seven players of the highest calibre. The likes of Casemiro, Thiago Silva and Dani Alves have seen it and won it all and this guarantee of confidence and safety allows Coutinho and his fellow attackers to go out there and express themselves from the opening whistle. A resounding 4-0 success is 9/1.