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Saturday morning will see the 2019 Copa America spring into life as Brazil face off against Bolivia in Sao Paulo. The Seleção will be without Neymar who has been ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury but will be confident of getting a victory against Bolivia, the lowest ranked South American side.
Understandably the loss of Neymar has been a major part of the buildup for the hosts, however, boss Tite does have strength and depth. This was perfectly underlined by the calling up Chelsea winger Willian.
In team news, Tite will have a number of calls to make following friendly wins over Qatar and Honduras. Fresh from lifting the Champions League goalkeeper Alisson is expected to keep out Man City stopper Ederson.
Whilst at left back a decision has to be made on who will start between Alex Sandro and Filipe Luis. Dani Alves will slot in at right back and has also been handed the captains armband for the tournament. In attack, Gabriel Jesus is expected to lead the line with Phillipe Coutinho set to play in the number ten role.
Brazil Predicted Team
Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Silva, Luis; Arthur, Fernandinho; Richarlison, Coutinho, Neres; Jesus
As for Bolivia, it can’t get any worse for the lowest ranked side in COMNEBOL who face off against a Brazil side who are one of the favourites to lift the Copa America crown. More worrying for La Verde fans will be their recent record at international level.
With no victory in their last seven outings, it looks like a huge ask for Eduardo Villegas’s side. However, the last time the two sides met it did end in a 0-0 draw, although the altitude in La Paz was a major factor in the result. More pressing perhaps is that Bolivia has failed to get out of the group stages in six of the last seven continental tournaments.
In team news, Villegas has opted for an inexperienced squad with eleven players winning nine caps or fewer at international level. Striker Marcelo Martins will be the man to watch for La Verde. The Shijiazhuang Ever Bright forward is the leading appearance maker and goal scorer in the squad and his experience will be vital if somehow Bolivia is to pull off an upset and shock Brazil.
Bolivia Predicted Team
Lampe; D Bejarano, Haquin, Jusino, M Bejarano; Castro, Galindo; Saavedra, Justiniano, Martins; Chumacero
It promises to be a fascinating encounter, as Brazil open up their Copa America campaign against Bolivia. You can follow all the action via beIN CONNECT.