Our prediction for this Copa America match:
Brazil kick off their 2019 Copa America campaign with a match against Bolivia. The Selecao crushed Honduras 7-0 in their last warm-up game and the tournament hosts must be high on confidence ahead of their opener at Estadio Cicero Pompeu de Toledo. The South American giants will be without injured ace Neymar, but regardless of which footballers will be deployed in the starting line-up, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts.
A man to watch in the home team will be Manchester City attacker Gabriel Jesus, who is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. The visitors face an uphill task in Saturday’s clash and seeing that they are not regarded as good travelers, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Brazil’s party in Sao Paulo. Anyhow, La Verde are unlikely to upset the Selecao at the start of their Copa America campaign.
Highlighted Player (Willian):
Willian is a Brazilian football player who was born on 9 August, 1988 in Ribeirao Pires. After playing for Corinthians in the 2006/2007 season, in 2007 he joined Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk. The pacey winger won four Ukrainian Premier League trophies with the Miners, while clinching the UEFA Cup title in 2009 as well.
During his spell with Shakhtar, Willian was on Chelsea’s radar and in 2013 the chiefs of the Premier League club agreed a deal to sign the Brazilian ace for a fee of £30 million. Willian won the Premier League trophy with Chelsea in the 2014/2015 season and the following season he was named Chelsea Player of the year.
The 30-year-old winger has 38 caps for Brazil and he has netted six goals for the national team. Speaking of his personal life, Willian is married to Vanessa Martins, who gave birth to their twin daughters Valentina and Manuella.
Highlighted Team (Bolivia):
Bolivian Football Federation has been established in 1926 and it is one of the 10 member of South American Football Confederation. Managed by Julio César Baldivieso, La Verde have gone through difficult times since their second place finish at Copa America 1997.
Three-time World Cup participants have last appeared at the global stage in 1994 and they have never gone past the first round on any of the three tournaments, scoring only one goal at the tournament held in the USA. Bolivia took part in 24 Copa America tournaments since their debut in 1926 and the most prominent result was their 1963 title.
Luis Hector Cristaldo and Marco Sandy are the two players with most caps for Bolivia with their 93 international appearances, while Joaquin Botero’s name still stands at the top of the scoring charts with the former Bolivian international netting 20 during his time with the national team.