James CookePeru vs Brazil, Saturday June 22nd, 20:00. With the group stage of the Copa America drawing to a conclusion, Brazil know that a comprehensive win against Peru would put them in the driving seat as the tournaments favourites.
With the group stage of the Copa America drawing to a conclusion, Brazil know that a comprehensive win against Peru would put them in the driving seat as the tournaments favourites.
Brazil know that they’ll be favourites for this one so they’ll almost certainly be looking to make a statement, with a big win against Peru expected.
Peru come into this game after a draw against Venezuela and a tight affair against Bolivia, so they know that they could require a win – or even a draw if they’re fortunate – to advance to the next round.
For Brazil, the task is simply. Smash Peru and you jump to the top of the overall favourites list. Anything less and expectations start to drop, so a win is imperative for the Selecao.
Peru have only won four games in their last 15, against Costa Rica, Paraguay, Australia and Saudi Arabia, and drawing against the likes of Venezuela, the USA and Sweden.
Brazil have lost just once in their last 15 games, against Belgium in the 2018 World Cup, and have won every game since with the exception of a friendly against Panama.
The away side are favourites to win this game although it may not be a big a margin as many suggest. A 3-0 triumph would appear a likely outcome from it for Brazil.
Brazil are overwhelming favourites for this clash so an away win carries very little risk while it is also highly likely that they’ll put a few past an average Peru side – 888sport have it as 13/2 when combined with the 3-0 win. Peru will give it their all but won’t be able to prevent the Brazilians from running riot, with this being one of the best bets of the Copa America group stage.
These are lengthy odds for an outcome which is more probable than they reflect. Brazil’s talent levels should be enough to get them over the line and the ability of their forwards should also give them enough firepower to hit a hatful of goals in, with this bet rated at 24/5 by 888sport.
Head to Head
These two have faced off 44 times for nearly a whole century, with Brazil winning 31 times, a draw being played out nine times and Peru winning just on four occasions.
The first game between the two nations came in 1936 when Brazil won 3-2, although the first game at a Copa America resulted in a 1-0 win for the Peruvians.
The largest winning margin was Brazil 7-0 Peru in 1997 when Romario and Leonardo both got braces in the Copa America semi-final.
Peru last won in 2016 at the Copa America with Raul Ruidiaz – now of the Seattle Sounders – scoring the winner against a Brazil team containing the likes of Dani Alves, Willian and Philipe Coutinho.
The Peru manager, Ricardo Gareca, is an Argentinian who once moved from Boca Juniors to River Plate in 1985 before retiring as a player 1994 at Independiente.
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