Our match prediction:
As expected, Brazil failed to beat Ecuador at the start of the 2016 Copa America. Key player Neymar was sorely missed in Sunday’s clash against La Tri, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up in the game against Haiti, the Selecao are likely to emerge triumphant in their second group game. The Brazilians can’t afford any complacency in Thursday’s football clash against Haiti and we predict that the South American giants are going to pick up all three points from the game. Haiti obviously struggle in front of goal and given that they scored only one goal in previous four matches, the underdogs are unlikely to claim a major scalp in their second group game. In Neymar’s absence a man to watch in the home team will be Chelsea winger Willian, who impressed in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign with the capital club.
Highligted Player (Miranda):
Miranda is a Brazilian central defender who plays for Internazionale in Serie A. He began his career at the Brazilian club Coritiba and within a year moved to French club Sochaux. But after failing to establish himself even there, he was soon back in Brazil with Sao Paulo. It was only during the five years at Sao Paulo that Miranda earned his name as a tough centre back. In 2011, he made a move to Atletico Madrid and was a key member of Diego Simeone’s hard-tackling defensive unit. Miranda’s tenure at Atletico was laced with many titles including La Liga and UEFA Europa League. He made his full international debut for Brazil in 2009 and was a key member of the squad that won the Confederations Cup that year. Miranda represented Brazil only 27 times so far but has established himself as a regular for new coach Dunga, after replacing Thiago Silva.
Highlighted Team (Haiti):
Haiti have been FIFA members since 1934 despite making their international debut nine years prior in a 2-1 loss to Jamaica. Haiti is the country with one of the longest football reputation in the Caribbean becoming only the second team from the region to make it to the World Cup. Their 1974 entrance is their only appearance to date however. Haiti national team are making their Copa America debut at the Centenario in the United States and despite the fact Les Grenadiers have been considered minnows and underdogs on paper, they are sure to provide a competitive bite for their rivals. Heading into their first-ever Copa America, Haiti will be looking to repeat the heroics from the golden age of the Haitian football in 1970s. Member of the most prominent generation Emmanuel Sanon remains to this date the most distinguished player of the team and the most capped player with 100 games. Former San Diego Sockers striker is also Haiti’s top scorer with 47 goals to his name.