The quarterfinals of the Copa America 2019 will start on Thursday with host Brazil taking on Paraguay in Porto Alegre. Brazil went 2-1-0, recording shutouts in all three games and win Group A while Paraguay squeaked through having finished the third place in Group B with 2 points. The team that is going to win this match will take on the winner of Venezuela vs Argentina in the semifinals at the Estadio Mineirão.
Here’s what to know about the match:
- Copa America: Brazil vs. Paraguay
- Date: Thursday, June 27
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Arena do Gremio — Porto Alegre, Brazil
- TV channel: Universo and ESPN+
- Streaming: fuboTV
Brazil: This team has done just fine without its star Neymar. Everton of Gremio, known as Cebolinha in Brazil, has stepped up hugely and is making himself to become a big-time transfer to Europe this summer as well as in the near future. Playing in the home stadium of his club on Thursday, don’t be surprised if he gets significant time.
Paraguay: Recent history is on Paraguay’s side when this team beat Brazil both in the 2015 and 2011 Copa Americas. Let’s see whether its magic against Brazilian giants hasn’t run out.
Brazil: After picking up a costly yellow card in their final group game, Casemiro is suspended for Brazil. Allan or Fernandinho, who is expected to recover from injury in time, are two options replacing the Real Madrid midfielder.
Tite has not settled on his preferred front three but Gabriel Jesus and Everton will expect to start either side of Roberto Firmino here.
Paraguay: Paraguay have used a 4-4-1-1 formation in their last two matches in Copa America 2019 and are expected to go with the same in this match.
Brazil vs. Paraguay prediction
Brazil doesn’t have trouble this tournament, making it to the quarterfinals with a convincing attacking performance.
Paraguay made it out of their team without winning a game, although they proved tough to break down in the last two matches against Argentina and Colombia.
It would be an upset if Brazil didn’t beat Paraguay.