2015 Copa America: Brazil vs Venezuela preview

June 20, 2015
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

2015 Copa America: Brazil v ColombiaDespite losing to Colombia few days ago, Brazil have matters in their own hands seeing as any win over Venezuela would see them go through.

La Vinotinto, on the other hand, are in a difficult position after losing to Peru given that even one point may not prove to be enough for a place in the next stage.

Brazil arrived at the 2015 Copa America desperate to make amends for the disappointing performance at the 2014 World Cup, but things haven’t gone according to plan so far.

The Selecao needed a last-gasp goal to defeat Peru in their opening match, while the second group game changed everything.

Not only did Brazil suffered a 1-0 loss to Colombia, but they had star player Neymar sent off in the process, causing him to miss a very important clash with Venezuela.

What is more, the Barcelona superstar has been slapped with a four-match ban, meaning he will now miss the remainder of the tournament.

The latest reports suggest that Santos star Robinho is set to replace Neymar in the starting line-up, while Philippe Coutinho will come in for Fred.

Brazil have been made 1.55 (5/9) favourites to defeat Venezuela, but they could face a difficult task with their star player missing.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Jefferson – Alves, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis – Fernandinho, Elias – Willian, Coutinho, Robinho – Firmino.

Having showed some improvement after a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign, Venezuela arrived in Chile in confident mood, and they enjoyed a bright start to the tournament.

La Vinotinto produced a very good performance in their opening fixture against Colombia, deservedly recording a 1-0 win to seriously improve their qualifying chances.

Venezuela started the Peru match on a good note, dominating the proceedings, but the red card received by Fernando Amorebieta completely changed the course of the game.

La Vinotinto eventually had to settle for a narrow defeat and now need to take at least one point from the final group game against Brazil to go through.

Fernando Amorebieta is suspended for Sunday’s clash, and he will be replaced by Gabriel Cichero in the starting line-up.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Baroja – Rosales, Vizcarrondo, Tunez, Cuchero – Rincon, Seijas – Vargas, Arango, Guerra – Rondon.

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