Brazil vs. Venezuela – 2021 Copa America (June 13)
The 2021 Copa America gets underway this Sunday, June 13, as Brazil – the newly-announced host nation – faces Venezuela in Brasilia.
With the previous co-hosts, Argentina and Colombia, being stripped of the tournament at the eleventh hour, it’s safe to say that the lead-up to the competition has been shrouded in controversy.
But following months of uncertainly, the greatest South American soccer players are finally ready to do battle.
Below, I preview the opening match of the 2021 Copa America. Then, after discussing the odds and analyzing the teams, I share my Brazil vs. Venezuela prediction and betting pick.
Brazil vs. Venezuela Odds
As you would expect, all the online sportsbooks view Brazil as the clear favorite to kick off the tournament with a win on Sunday.
At 1.12, Brazil is also the bookmakers’ frontrunner to go all the way. On the flip side, you can get odds of around 15.00 for the Venezuelans to lift the trophy, while only Bolivia is behind them.
Brazil Is the Overwhelming Favorite
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Brazil has enjoyed an almost perfect preparation for Copa America. Of course, the off-field uncertainty hasn’t helped. But Seleção’s recent performances on the pitch have been excellent.
Following a 3-0 friendly victory over South Korea, Brazil has registered six consecutive wins in World Cup qualifying. During that period, the team netted 19 goals – averaging over three goals per game.
Better still, Tite’s men have achieved six shutouts in their previous seven matches. Of course, we all know what guys like Neymar and Richarlison are capable of, but Brazil’s backline must be given huge credit for the nation’s recent run.
Venezuela managed to limit Brazil to just a single goal in their last meeting back in November 2020. Still, Seleção sealed a comfortable win on that occasion.
Could Venezuela Upset the Odds?
While Brazil sits six points clear at the top of the South American World Cup qualifying group, Jose Peseiro’s men find themselves second from the bottom – 14 points behind Tite’s side.
La Vinotinto has only managed to win one of their six qualifiers, recording one draw and four losses along the way. To make matters worse, they have netted a measly three goals in that time and have fired a blank on four occasions.
The Venezuelan’s last victory came back in November 2020. They were able to hold Uruguay to a goalless draw in their most recent game, but they look set to struggle against Brazil.
If Peseiro’s team is looking to frustrate the hosts, Josef Martinez will need to be at his very best. The prolific striker has bagged a remarkable 92 goals in 114 games for Atlanta United, although he has only scored 12 goals in 56 international appearances.
My Brazil vs. Venezuela Betting Pick
Brazil to Win1.12
Considering this is the very first match of the tournament, there are bound to be some nerves on both sides. However, I’m confident that Brazil’s quality will shine through on Sunday.
Tite’s men have picked up a couple of easy wins over Ecuador and Paraguay in the lead-up to the competition. If they put in a similar display this weekend, they will almost certainly be too strong for Venezuela.