Brazil take on Paraguay in the Copa America quarter finals tonight with the hopes of the host nation resting on their shoulders. The favourites to win the tournament will expect a comfortable win and a semi-final place. See our predictions and betting tips below.
Brazil picked up seven points from their three group games.
Paraguay only managed two draws and a defeat but still made it through as a third placed team.
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Kick-off time: 1.30am (BST)
Date: Friday 28th June 2019
Venue: Arena do Grêmio.
The hosts got off to a great start with a 3-0 win over Bolivia but then were held to a shock draw against Venezuela in the second group game. Normal service was resumed in their last match though, running out 5-0 winners against Peru to secure top spot in the group and on paper at least, one of the easier ties of the first knockout round. Brazil are without Neymar for this tournament but that doesn’t seem to be effecting them too much – they’re yet to concede in the tournament and have already scored eight times.
Paraguay can count themselves lucky that the format of the Copa America allows teams go to through despite only collecting two points in the tournament. They did however, hold Argentina to a 1-1 draw, but lost 1-0 to Colombia in a difficult group. Los Guaranies will be all too aware of the task in hand here and it is hard to see them troubling Tite’s side tonight.
An easy victory for Brazil is the top Brazil vs Paraguay prediction tonight. They are yet to concede a goal in the tournament and have an abundance of talent to call upon, even without Neymar. Gabriel Jesus and Firmino both started their last match, along with Coutinho and Everton. That left the likes of Richarlison and Willian on the bench (who later came on and scored). The first of our predictions will be from the handicap market and we’re betting on Brazil to win with a -2 handicap. This means that Brazil need to win the match by three goals or more for our bet to be a winning one. See what handicap betting is in football in our online betting guide.
The wealth of talent available to Brazil manager Tite makes it hard to pick an anytime goalscorer tip, and you should check the starting line-ups before placing any goalscorer bet, however Roberto Firmino started against Peru in the last match and got himself a goal. Jesus also started and missed a last minute penalty, so if the Liverpool frontman is in the starting line-up again, he’s the selection for our Brazil vs Paraguay anytime goalscorer prediction at odds of 11/10 with 888Sport.
Brazil to win – 2/11
Draw – 6/1
Paraguay to win – 16/1
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