The Copa America 2021 action will return this Wednesday, June 23, with Brazil and Colombia facing in a thrilling match. Brazil has been the strongest side so far, while Los Cafeteros aren’t in their best form. Find out here information, predictions, odds and how to watch this game in the US.
The hosts are showing, once again, that they almost don’t have any competition in South America. With great performances from Neymar Jr, Brazil has crushed Venezuela (3-0) and Peru (4-0). Now, Colombia is a stronger rival but can Reinaldo Rueda’s side damage them?
Despite losing against Peru, Colombia is still second in the group. Before, they got a 1-0 victory over Ecuador, then drew against Venezuela. But Los Cafeteros haven’t been convincing so far. If they want to put up a fight against Brazil, they need to step up their game.
Brazil vs Colombia: Match Information
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
Time: 8:00 PM (ET).
Location: Olímpico Nilton Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Brazil vs Colombia: Time by State in the US
ET: 8:00 PM
CT: 7:00 PM
MT: 6:00 PM
PT: 4:00 PM
Brazil vs Colombia: Storylines
These two teams have met 10 times for Copa America, with Brazil having the advantage. La Canarinha has beat Colombia in this tournament seven times. Colombia has managed to get two victories and one draw.
The last time they faced each other in this tournament was in the group stage of Copa America Chile 2015. Los Cafeteros, coached at the time by José Pekerman, won with a lonely goal from Jeison Murillo in Santiago de Chile.
But their most recent match was an international friendly in 2019 that ended up in a 2-2 draw. They played at the Sun Life in Miami. Neymar and Casemiro were the scorers for Brazil, while Luis Muriel made a brace for Colombia.
How to watch or live stream Brazil vs Colombia in the US
The game between Brazil and Colombia, to be played this Wednesday, June 23, will be broadcasted in the US by FuboTV, UniMás, Univision NOW, Foxsports.com, TUDN.com, TUDN App, FOX Sports App, TUDN USA, Fox Sports 1.
Brazil vs Colombia: Odds and predictions
Oddsmakers have already done their predictions for this match. According to FanDuel, Brazil is the strong favorite with odds of -230. Meanwhile, Colombia has +600. In case of a tie, it would result in a +300 payout.
What time does Brazil vs Colombia start?
|Game||Brazil vs Colombia|
|Date||Thursday, June 24|
How to watch Brazil vs Colombia on TV & live stream in India
In India, the Copa America 2021 will be broadcast live on the Sony Pictures Sports Network (SPSN). It will be livestreamed on the SonyLIV app.
|TV channels||Online stream|
|Sony Ten 2 SD & HD||SonyLIV, Jio TV|
Commentary will also be available in vernacular languages across India.
|Malayalam & Bengali TV channels||Tamil & Telugu TV channels|
|Sony Six SD & HD||Sony Ten 4 SD & HD|
Team News & Tactics
Given that a positive result will help Brazil secure the top spot in Group B, Tite will be tempted to field the strongest possible lineup against a Colombia side desperate for three points. The Brazilian head coach rotated the squad heavily in their win over Peru but is expected to revert those changes for this one.
It essentially means that Richarlison might spearhead the attack, with Tite switch to a 4-3-3 in order to accommodate the additional midfielder. Ideally, it should pave the way for Gabriel Jesus and Neymar to operate out wide, while Fred is likely to occupy the vacant midfield position.
The presence of the Manchester United star should offer more balance in the Brazil midfield, especially with Fabinho and Casemiro featuring in the situational double-pivot. This should make things difficult for Colombia as far as playing through the middle is concerned, thus potentially forcing them out wide.
It bodes well for Brazil as they do have two aerial dominant centre-backs in Marquinhos and Thiago Silva, their strongest possible defensive combination, with Eder Militao likely to settle for a place on the bench.
And finally, the full-back slots are set to be occupied by Renan Lodi and Danilo, with the former replacing Alex Sandro as part of Tite’s squad rotation. Alisson, too, might get the nod ahead of Ederson, who is expected to feature in goal for the final group game against Ecuador later this month.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Silva, Lodi; Casemiro, Fred, Fabinho; Jesus, Richarlison, Neymar
Colombia coach Reinaldo Rueda will be boosted by the return of Mateus Uribe in midfield. His presence in the middle of the park should add more solidity and dynamism to Colombia’s game, especially alongside Wilmar Barrios, who has been in fine form so far in the tournament.
Given the quality of the opposition, Los Cafeteros might need the additional solidity in midfield, as these two look to cover the four-man backline consisting of Premier League duo Yerry Mina and Davinson Sanchez in the middle while Stefan Medina and William Tesillo are expected to occupy the full-back slots.
Things get interesting in the attacking department, where Colombia have truly lacked firepower so far. Despite starting two games and scoring the goal in the defeat to Peru, Miguel Borja has not done enough to impress Rueda.
As such, the 64-year-old might be tempted to call upon the services of Alfredo Morelos, whose feisty nature could keep the Brazilian backline busy, allowing wide players like Juan Cuadrado and Luiz Diaz to exploit the weak opposition full-backs.
The vacant spot in the attacking midfield is set to be occupied by Edwin Cardona. However, it won’t be surprising to see him dropping deep during the defensive phases – forming a situational 4-3-3.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Medina, Sanchez, Mina, Tesillo; Barrios, Uribe; Cuadrado, Cardona, Diaz; Morelos
- Despite meeting them on 32 occasions, Colombia have beaten Brazil only thrice, losing 19 times while drawing the other 10.
- The most recent meeting between these two nations came in an international friendly back in September 2019. It ended in a 2-2 draw, with Luis Muriel scoring a brace.
- Brazil are the only team in the tournament yet to concede a single goal. With seven goals, they are also the top scorers despite featuring in just two matches.
- Brazil are gunning for their tenth Copa America title and their sixth in ten editions. Securing the 2021 Copa America will put them just five behind record winners Uruguay.
- The Selecao are also heading into this game on the back of a nine-game winning streak, and they could hit the magic figure of ten with three points against Colombia.
Player to Watch
Neymar is undisputedly the main man for Brazil in this Copa America campaign. Although the Selecao have an exciting squad brimming with talent, the experience the former Barcelona superstar brings to the table is unparalleled while his pedigree in international competitions makes him a difficult prospect for the opposition.
Neymar has already proven to be quite useful in the tournament, scoring twice and bagging one assist in two matches. The PSG superstar will be hoping to continue his excellent form against Colombia, taking advantage of the defence that lacks cohesion and might crumble against the mighty Brazilian attack.
Brazil 2-0 Colombia
Brazil are the undoubted favourites heading into this encounter. They have the strongest team in the competition and are coming on the back of two big wins over Venezuela and Peru. They have a strong defence as well, which might make life difficult for a Colombia side that has appeared quite weak offensively. The Hard Tackle predicts a 2-0 victory for the hosts this midweek.