After smashing five goals past Peru in their final group stage match, Brazil look like they are starting to hit top form ahead of their Copa America quarter-final clash with Paraguay. Form Labs break down the clash with their betting preview and tips for the game to help you book your Copa America semi-final spot.
Brazil Hitting Top Form
Brazil finally came to life in the Copa America with the imperious 5-0 win over Peru the first time where they haven’t had to endure boos from the impatient home fans.
They should feel confident heading into this fixture then, even if they’ll have to make do without suspended midfielder Casemiro after he picked up his second yellow card of the tournament.
That shouldn’t prove a major concern however, with Fernandinho waiting in the wings to take his place as Liverpool’s Fabinho couldn’t even make the squad.
The Man City man may have been held responsible by the Brazilian media having not enjoyed the best of games when deputizing for a suspended Casemiro in the World Cup quarter-finals against Belgium, netting an own goal after 13 minutes, but the European outfit are lightyears ahead of Paraguay in quality and he’ll have an easier time without the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard circling him.
Paraguay Scrape Through
The format of the Copa America, with two of the best third-placed teams going through, was always set to deliver a stay of execution for at least one team that didn’t really do enough.
This time around it was clearly Paraguay, who threw away a two-goal lead against Qatar, struggled against a desperately poor Argentina side and lost to Colombia’s reserves as the performances have gotten steadily worse, and this could get ugly if the breakthrough comes early.
Brazil v Paraguay Betting Tips
However, given they’ve gone W1-D4-L6 over their past 11 fixtures, but haven’t lost by more than two goals in any of them, we’d avoid the handicap which doesn’t offer much value.
Tite’s men have won 11 of 13 unbeaten matches since the World Cup, also keeping 11 clean sheets, and it’s difficult to see them conceding against a Paraguay outfit that are hardly lethal up front.
They may have scored twice against Qatar and once versus Argentina, but the Arab nation – though not embarrassing themselves by any stretch of the imagination – simply aren’t in the same stratosphere as the Selecao, while La Albiceleste possess a sieve-like defence.
Taking that into consideration, the win to nil appears to be banker material.
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