Copa America Group A – Matchday 2 of 3
Copa America hosts Brazil will be aiming to build on a positive start to their campaign when they take on Venezuela
Brazil vs Venezuela
Date: 19th June 2019
Kick-off: 02:30 CET
Tite’s charges had little trouble in dispatching Bolivia in their group opener, sealing a 3-0 win via strikes from Phillippe Coutinho and Everton. Tite surprisingly picked Fernandinho and Casemiro in Brazil’s midfield against Bolivia and both look set to continue here.
Everton scored off the bench against Bolivia but is not expected to start here. In fact, Gabriel Jesus coming in for Roberto Firmino may be the only change to Brazil’s starting XI.
Venezuela are forced into at least one change after Luis Del Pino was sent off against Bolivia in their tournament opener. Roberto Rosales may move out to left-back with Ronald Hernández coming into the side at right-back.
Brazil are unbeaten in their last 15 Copa America home games, winning each of the last five, and that run looks certain to continue here. Brazil have failed to win only three of their 24 meetings with Venezuela in all competitions – two 0-0 draws and a 2-0 defeat in a friendly match in 2008.
The Selecao have won six of their seven Copa America meetings with Wednesday’s opponents, scoring 27 goals and conceding just two.
Brazil predicted lineup: Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Silva, Luis; Casemiro, Fernandinho; Richarlison, Coutinho, Neres; Jesus
Venezuela predicted lineup: Farinez; Hernandez, Chancellor, Villanueva, Rosales; Savarino, Herrera, Moreno, Rincon, Murillo; Rondon
*Odds are subject to change. Find the latest recommended odds here.
Colombia and Qatar will meet on Wednesday for their second games in Copa America 2019
Colombia vs Qatar
Date: 19th June 2019
Kick-off: 23:30 CET
The Colombians started their Copa America campaign with a convincing victory over one of the tournament pre-favorites Argentina.
Duvan Zapata came off the bench and scored in a 2-0 win over Argentina over the weekend and is putting serious pressure on Radamel Falcao for a starting berth. Falcao may get another chance here.
Roger Martínez also came off the bench and scored against Argentina and he will start against Qatar as Luis Muriel is out of the tournament with a knee injury. No other changes are expected.
Qatar did tremendously well to draw 2-2 with Paraguay last time out. They will take huge confidence from that into this match. Expect an unchanged starting XI.
Against expectations, Qatar displayed a good game against Paraguay, and it was especially inspiring how they made a comeback after going 0-2 down. But Colombia is an entirely different breed, and the team would find it difficult to repeat the feat against this set of rivals.