Brazil vs EcuadorCopa America, KO: 22:00 Jun 27, 2021, Estadio Olimpico Pedro Ludovico Teixeira
Brazil continue the defence of their Copa America title with a Group B clash against Ecuador at the Estadio Olimpico Pedro Ludovico Teixeira. The defending champions are still maintaining their 100% record and should ease past the Ecuadorians.
Brazil were pushed hard by Colombia in their previous fixture in the competition. They fought back from a goal down with Casemiro netting the winner in the 10th minute of added time after Roberto Firmino had cancelled out an early opener from the Colombians.
Colombia’s goal was the first time the Brazilian defence has been breached in seven matches. Defending has been a key part of their recent good form and they will be keen to produce another shutout.
Coach Tite will be pleased with his team’s character, fighting back from a goal down to claim the win. The Brazilians have won all their matches in this year’s competition and look well on course to retaining their title.
Ecuador played out a 2-2 draw with Peru last time out in the Copa America. They went into the break with a two-goal lead thanks to an own goal from Renato Tapia and Eduar Preciado but were unable to hold on for the win.
La Tri are still seeking their first victory after three matches in the competition but have shown some improvement since their opeing day defeat to Colombia. They played out another 2-2 draw against Venezuela prior the clash with Peru.
The problem for Gustavo Alfaro’s team is an inability to keep things tight at the back and hold on to leads. They have thrown away the lead in their last two matches, conceding four goals in both fixtures.
How the bookies view it
Brazil have been installed as overwhelming favourites by the bookies and are priced at 2/5 by Vbet to win. A victory for Ecuador is valued at 10/1 betfair while a draw is set at odds of 9/2 by MansionBet.
Ecuador should be no match for Brazil, who are expected to earn a comfortable victory.
Head to head
Brazil often come out on top in this fixture with 11 wins from 15 previous matches. Ecuador have been victorious just twice while both teams have also battled to two draws.
The Brazilians have won the last two meetings, including a 2-0 victory in a World Cup qualifier just before the start of the Copa America.
Players to watch
After conceding their first goal at the tournament, Brazil will be keen for another shutout on Sunday. Marquinhos and Thiago Silva are likely to continue their central defensive partnership and can help the Brazilians keep a clean sheet at 5/6 with bet365.
At the other end of the pitch, Neymar will be the one to watch for Brazil having scored twice in the competition. Richarlison, Roberto Firmino and Everton Ribeiro have also been among the goals and can ensure the Brazilians continue their run of scoring over 1.5 goals in the competition at 1/2 with Red Zone.
Anything else catch the eye?
The Brazilians are expected to keep a clean sheet and could be tipped to earn a win to nil at 11/10 with Sport Nation. A -1 handicap could also be on the cards at 21/20 with Red Zone.
This Copa America match between Brazil and Ecuador will be played on Jun 27, 2021 and kick off at 22:00. Check below for our tipsters best Brazil vs Ecuador prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.