Our prediction for this Copa America match:
As expected, Brazil outplayed Bolivia 3-0 in their 2019 Copa America opener, with Barcelona ace Coutinho scoring a brace for the Selecao. The home country aim to clinch their place in the knockout stages as soon as possible and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Venezuela in their second group game. Gabriel Jesus is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up and we predict that the Manchester City attacker is going to pose a big threat for the opposition back-line.
La Vinotinto played out a goalless draw with Peru in the opening match of their Copa America campaign and they are likely to stick to their defensive style of play against Tite’s troops. However, given the attacking potential of the home team, we do not believe that the underdogs are capable of grabbing something from Wednesday’s football game at Arena Fonte Nova.
Highlighted Player (Filipe Luis):
Filipe Luis is not just a household name in Brazil; he needs no introduction in Spain and England where he played for various clubs. The left back is known for his tireless approach to the game and an unflinching attitude to protect his goal. Luis started his career with Brazilian club Figueirense and moved across clubs.
It was only when he moved to Deportivo La Coruna in 2008 that he came into limelight. After a successful stint with Deportivo, he was snapped up by Atletico Madrid where he won several trophies including La Liga. He was a key member of Diego Simeone’s team that reached the finals of 2014 Champions League.
Filipe Luis then joined Chelsea in 2014 but returned to Atletico only a year later. He made his national debut in 2009 and has so far earned 22 caps. Having already won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 30-year-old defender is an important player for Brazil.
Highlighted Team (Venezuela):
The Venezuela national team is the member of South American CONMEBOL confederation competing at the international stage since 1938, at the same time fighting for glory and popularity in the country where baseball diverts all of the attention from the sport. With increased popularity of the FIFA World Cup the country found enough motivation and incentive to increase player development and fan support in order to strengthen the cult of the national football team.
However, South American minnows Venezuela have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup and as of 2014 they remain the only CONMEBOL member not to achieve this feat. La Vinotinto have however appeared in 15 Copa America tournament with their first entry coming in 1967. Their best result was the fourth-place finish in 2011 and under the new leadership of Rafael Dudamet, Venezuela are looking for an upset at Copa America Centenario.
The most prominent player of the Venezuela national team is New York Cosmos midfielder Juan Arango who is the team’s top scorer and the player with most caps.