The 2019 Copa America kicks off with what should be a manageable game for Brazil. Coach Tite did not include Marcelo, Vinicius and Rodrygo in Brazil’s squad list but madridistas should be looking forward to seeing what Casemiro and Militao can do.
While Casemiro is an undisputed starter in Brazil, Militao has to fight for a spot in the starting lineup with Marquinhos, Thiago Silva or Dani Alves, given his ability to play as a right-back when needed. The young defender will surely have minutes throughout the tournament, even if not as a starter.
Brazil are the heavy favorites to beat Bolivia here and also win the Group Stage against Venezuela and Peru. They’re also one of the candidates to win the tournament, even without Neymar, who will miss the tournament with an ankle injury he picked up last week. Other players will have to step up in order for Casemiro and Militao to raise the trophy, but it’s clear that they have a good chance to do it.
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM COPA AMERICA
Time: 21:30 GMT -3 (local time), 02:30am CEST, 08:30pm EST.
Venue: Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Available TV: Telemundo Deportes, ESPN+ (USA).
Available Streaming: ESPN+ (USA).
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Brazil Team News
With Neymar ruled out of the tournament through injury, Brazil have called Willian up and are likely to start with Gabriel Jesus leading the line. Other selection decisions still to be made include Fernandinho or Casemiro in holding midfield. Despite his importance at club level, Fernandinho tends to be overlooked for Brazil and it could be Casemiro who starts.
Brazil Key Players
Gabriel Jesus – Will lead the line in Neymar’s absence and geared up for the tournament by scoring twice in the friendly win against Honduras – his 15th and 16th international goals, on his 29th appearance.
Philippe Coutinho – Only Jesus has scored more for Brazil in the current squad, while the Barcelona playmaker was key to the Selecao’s attacking play at the World Cup last summer too.
David Neres – Propelled into the spotlight, and the Brazil team, after an excellent season in a superb Ajax team.
Brazil Team Form
After being surprisingly held by Panama in March, Brazil have won their three most recent friendlies. The draw with Panama is the only game they have not win since the World Cup. Gabriel Jesus scored twice in a 3-1 win in the Czech Republic, after Roberto Firmino cancelled out the hosts’ opener. Against Qatar next up, Richarlison and Jesus scored in a 2-0 win. And Brazil saved their best until last – Jesus scoring two more, alongside goals from Thiago Silva, Philippe Coutinho, David Neres, Firmino and Richarlison in a 7-0 thrashing of Honduras.