Reigning Copa America champions Brazil kick-start the competition with a curtain-raiser against Venezuela on Sunday at 10pm (UK time).
The host nation and nine-time winners of South America’s flagship tournament will be vying to retain their crown on home soil.
Where to live stream Brazil vs Venezuela:
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Where to watch Brazil vs Venezuela on TV:
- UK: BBC iPlayer
- US: Univision
Scoreline prediction: Brazil 2-0 Venezuela
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Brazil vs Venezuela build-up:
There can be no denying that Tite’s men enter the tournament as strong favourites. Not only are the Selecao playing on familiar terrain, but they have arguably the competition’s most balanced and elite squad, with quality ranging from defensive powerhouses Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Eder Militao, midfield bulldozers Casemiro and Fabinho, and of course the likes of Neymar and Roberto Firmino in attack, not to mentioned two world-class ‘keepers in Alisson and Ederson.
Tite went with a rather adventurous 4-2-4 against Paraguay for the nation’s recent World Cup qualifier, shoehorning Richarlison Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino and Neymar all into one side. The result paid dividends as the nation ran out 2-0 victors, but whether the Brazilian coach takes a more pragmatic and reserved approach for their Copa America curtain-raiser remains to be seen.
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Player to watch: Casemiro (Brazil)
For all the skill, creativity and panache packed into this Brazil squad, Tite will need less elegant — but by no means less talented — players to balance the broth, connect the dots and dispel any symptoms of complacency. Casemiro is arguably the antithesis of the Brazilian ideal, a player who doesn’t concern himself with the intricate details of the game but simply sticks to his task, which is normally to break up play, metaphorically — and literally — snap at ankles and procure the ball, by hook or by crook. It’s a slightly disingenuous interpretation of Casemiro’s game, as he is not simply a midfield destroyer; for all intents and purposes he is exceptionally composed in possession and has a strong passing game. You don’t, after all, cement a Real Madrid starting berth for six successive years without having a bit about you in the distribution department. So, while Neymar and Co set to work transfixing fans at one end, Casemiro will be fulfilling his duty at the other, frustrating Venezuela and avoiding the limelight (apart from the obligatory card, of course).