Brazil is hosting Venezuela at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in round 1 of Zone North in the Copa America 2021. Brazil has been on fire lately, and they are the biggest favorites to win this tournament. Venezuela hasn’t been playing well, and they have only 1 win in their last 6 games.
Brazil was one of the teams that didn’t want to play in this competition because of the Covid in South America, but they would have regrated that because they are the best team there, and the biggest favorites to win Copa America this year. Brazil is on a 7-game winning streak, and they have won both of their World Cup qualification games last week. In their last game, Brazil was playing against Paraguay on the road, and they have had 50% of ball possession in that game, 4 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and a solid 85% of the correct passes. Brazil scored early, in the 4th minute, but it took them a while to score the second goal, but they succeeded in the 94th minute. Brazil has won this match 0-2. Originally, this competition was supposed to be played in Argentina and Colombia, but because of all the Covid restrictions, it was moved to Brazil, and that is just another advantage for this team.
Venezuela is not doing well in friendly games or in competitive games, and at the moment, Venezuela is far away from the World Cup spot in the South American World Cup qualifications. Venezuela hasn’t won any of their last 2 games, but they were able to get a positive result from their last game against Uruguay. Venezuela has had 43% of ball possession in that match, 4 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and 80% of the correct passes. This game has ended in a 0-0 draw. Just by looking at their group in Copa America, Venezuela has a solid chance of advancing to the next stage because, of the 5 teams in the group, only the last one is going home, and Peru is in this group. Venezuela doesn’t have a lot of quality on their roster, and their form is poor, but there are a few good players that can make a difference on this team, the only question is if they will. Venezuela isn’t the team that will score a lot of goals, but they can defend well if they put their minds to it, which is something they are not doing often.
When playing at home, Brazil has not lost to Venezuela in their last 5 games, they are on a 3-game winning streak at home, and Venezuela has lost their last 3 games on the road. Everything is pointing towards Brazil here, and I agree.