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Uruguay vs Brazil 2024 Copa America prediction: Can the Canarinho rediscover their spark?

Uruguay’s quest for a historic 16th Copa America title continues as they face Brazil in the 2024 Copa America quarter-final.

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Uruguay vs Brazil 2024 Copa America prediction: Can the Canarinho rediscover their spark?

Uruguay vs Brazil Latest Prediction

Heading into this latest Copa América edition, Brazil were not exactly pulling up any trees, notably losing three consecutive World Cup qualification matches, starting against Uruguay before Colombia and Argentina inflicted more pain on the record five-time world champions. Interim head coach Fernando Diniz would make way for Dorival Júnior, who has yet to suffer defeat in his six matches. However, it’s been a disappointing tournament with a 4-1 win over Paraguay sandwiched between frustrating draws against Costa Rica and Colombia, with five points from nine available enough to see them finish second in Group D and hand them a challenging quarter-final tie.

The showdown between Uruguay and Brazil occurs at 2am on Sunday 7th July at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada.

Things could not be any more different for Uruguay, who ended the group phase as one of three teams with a perfect record. Marcelo Bielsa’s side are the competition’s leading scorers with nine goals, and only his native Argentina boasts a meaner defence (they’ve yet to concede). Uruguay began with a 3-1 victory over Panama before humbling Bolivia as they ran out 5-0 winners. It was a close affair against tournament hosts the United States, but they eked out a narrow 1-0 victory marred by some controversy.

A Núñez re-born

So many column inches have been dedicated to Darwin Núñez’s apparent struggles with Liverpool, though one could argue the Artigas-born marksman has been a tad unlucky. However, it’s a different story regarding his national team. The unbridled successes of Diego Forlán, Luis Suárez, and Edinson Cavani have placed unreasonable expectations on those broad shoulders, but Núñez hasn’t shirked any responsibilities.

A blank against Team USA ended an unprecedented goalscoring run. Núñez scored in seven consecutive international appearances, equaling the national team record shared with Héctor Scarone, who set it 96 years ago.

This next outing will be Núñez’s tenth under Marcelo Bielsa’s leadership, during which time he’s gone on this record-equaling run. In fact, he’s bagged ten goals under the former Leeds boss, who recently spoke about how he gets Núñez to perform.

“The only thing that concerns me is that he finds himself in the best position possible, as often as possible, to do what he does extraordinarily well, which is to score, to finish, to complete attacking moves, to choose where to direct the shot he’s in a position to execute,” he told ESPN.

“It would be contradictory if I said that what has value are the goals because I’m saying the opposite. If he scores, he scores; if he misses.”

Uruguay latest team news

Uruguay experienced some injuries during their match against the United States. Manuel Ugarte, Max Araujo, and Matias Vina had to be substituted. As a result, Rodrigo Bentancur, Cristian Olivera, and Jose Gimenez may start in their place if they don’t recover in time. Luis Suarez has only played for eight minutes as a substitute so far, but it seems likely that he will have an impact if Uruguay needs a goal later in the game. Meanwhile, Darwin Nunez is expected to continue leading their attack.

Brazil latest team news

With Vinicius suspended, there is a possibility that Endrick might start up top, while Rodrygo moves out to the left. Alternatively, Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli may be given a start, even though he has only played seven minutes so far in this tournament. Raphinha has been a standout player and will likely be their go-to player on the counter. While Brazil looks solid enough defensively, they need to capitalise on their chances on the break. Given his ability to score goals when called upon, 17-year-old Endrick has an opportunity to start.

Uruguay vs Brazil head to head

  • 17 Oct 2023 – Uruguay 2-0 Brazil – FIFA World Cup qualifying
  • 14 Oct 2021 – Brazil 4-1 Uruguay – FIFA World Cup qualifying
  • 17 Nov 2020 – Uruguay 0-2 Brazil – FIFA World Cup qualifying
  • 16 Nov 2018 – Brazil 1-0 Uruguay – International Friendly
  • 24 Mar 2017 – Uruguay 1-4 Brazil – FIFA World Cup qualifying

Uruguay ended a 12-game winless run against Brazil (nine losses and three draws) in their most recent outing.

How to watch Uruguay vs Brazil Live

Uruguay and Brazil kicks off on Sunday, 7 July, at 2am (UK time) and will be broadcast live in the UK on Premier Sports 1. The game can also be watched online via the Premier Sports Player.