Brazil vs Colombia Preview: The Battle For The First Place In The Group D

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
2 July 2024, 11:00

Brazil vs Colombia

The highly anticipated Copa America match between Brazil and Colombia is set to take place at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. This encounter is crucial as it will determine the winner of Group D, with both teams looking to secure their positions ahead of the knockout stages. Brazil enters this match after a mixed start to their Copa America campaign. They began with a goalless draw against Costa Rica but bounced back with a convincing 4-1 victory over Paraguay. Colombia, on the other hand, has been dominant, securing wins against Paraguay and Costa Rica. Both teams are eager to secure the first place of the group, as the second placed team will play with Uruguay, one of the tournament's favourites in the quarterfinals, while the winner of the group will have a more comfortable opponent in the face of Panama.

Brazil Team News

Brazil has experienced a period of transition following a disappointing exit in the 2022 World Cup quarter-finals. Despite a rocky start in the Copa America, Brazil's recent 4-1 win over Paraguay highlighted their potential, with Vinicius Jr. delivering a standout performance. Vinicius, a key player for Real Madrid, is expected to play a crucial role in Brazil's attack, although he needs to be extra cautious in the upcoming match due to a yellow card risk which will leave him out of the quarter final match. Dorival hinted that this match may see some new faces in the starting eleven. Thus, we may expect some changes, with 17-year-old Endrick likely to earn his first start of the tournament. The defence could feature PSG's Lucas Beraldo alongside Marquinhos, while the midfield might see Andreas Pereira replacing Lucas Paqueta.

Colombia Team News

Colombia has been one of the standout teams in the Copa America, boasting an impressive unbeaten streak, however, still coming as an outsider of the upcoming game, as per Brazil vs Colombia odds. Under the leadership of Nestor Lorenzo, the team has found a perfect balance between experienced players and emerging talents. Key figures such as James Rodriguez, Jhon Cordoba, and Johan Mojica have been revitalised, while the rise of players like Richard Rios, Jhon Arias, and Jefferson Lerma has added depth and dynamism to the squad. A draw would also suffice for Colombia to finish as group leaders, but they will aim for a statement victory to solidify their status in this tournament. 

Brazil vs Colombia Prediction

Colombia Handicap +1

Despite the credentials of Brazil and its status as one of the best teams in South America, Colombia cannot be ruled out. The team is on a 10 match winning streak and has not lost for 25 matches in a row. Showcasing their adaptability and versatility, Lorenzo managed to make the best out its squad and provide an excellent blend of experience and youth. Brazil, despite the class of its players, sometimes lacks cohesiveness and seems to over rely on the figure of Vinicius. Moreover, given the potential changes in the starting lineup of the nominal hosts, Colombia, being currently at its peak, is ready to put on a fight. This Brazil vs Colombia prediction comes at 1.50 at MrPlay.

Total Goals Under 2.5

With the stakes of the match being relatively high, given the likely desire of both teams to miss out playing with Uruguay in the first knockout match, both coaches are likely to adopt a more cautious approach. In the case of Colombia, even a draw will be enough to get to the knockout stage from the first place and despite the bravado of Lorenzo, he must have kept it in mind as well. Moreover, the teams’ matches on the Copa America grounds, despite happening not quite often, rarely finish with a lot of goals scored - last 5 out of 7 matches had less than three goals. This outcome can be picked up at 1.78 at MrPlay.

First Half Result - Draw

With the likely cautious approach of both teams, the first half will be needed for the coaches to take a closer look at the opponent to comprehend the necessary strategy to exploit its potential weaknesses in the second half. This will be particularly important for Brazil, as the team is still looking for cohesiveness in its game, as Dorival aims to bring a more tactical approach to the team’s display. Moreover, in the last 2 out 3 games between the two, first halves have ended with the same result - 0-0. This Brazil vs Colombia tip comes at 2.11 at MrPlay.

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