Soccer Odds – Brazil vs. Ecuador Match Preview
By Andrew Ryan
At BookMaker Sportsbook, our team of writers breaks down every betting matchup on the wagering board. Cash in on some serious Copa America lines by identifying the latest trends, statistics and injuries in each betting preview at BookMaker.eu. The fixture between Brazil and Ecuador is scheduled forSaturday, June 4, 2016at8:00 p.m. ET at the Rose Bowl.The match will be televised live on FOX Sports.
Brazil is the most decorated international team in the world and is always a favorite to win whatever tournament it’s playing in. However, this time around the Brazilians will face a unique challenge with their best player Neymar taking the tournament off to instead focus on bringing Brazil the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in two months. Brazil still has plenty of talent without Neymar, but faces a tough test in its first match against Ecuador.
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Over/Under 2.5 (Under 2.5 -135)
The Brazilians are a sizeable favorite in this match and their reputation tends to make them larger favorites than they actually should be much of the time. Brazil got bounced by Paraguay in the quarterfinals of the last two Copa Americas and are still the second leading favorite to win the tournament taking this into account.
Ecuador hasn’t seen much action this year with only three international matches to date, but there hasn’t been much to smile about. Ecuador has failed to win any of those three matches and didn’t look good against the United States in its one friendly prior to Copa America.
Without Neymar, Brazil will need goals to come from other places and one of the most obvious choices is Willian. Chelsea had an abysmal Premier League campaign, but Willian was one of the few bright spots and seemed to finally live up to some of his promise. He tallied 11 goals and 10 assists for Chelsea across all competitions and will be even more determined to win Copa America for Brazil after his club team barred him from participating in the Olympics.
Antonio Valencia has been the face of Ecuadorean soccer for years now, and he has shown no signs of slowing down. He struggled a bit with Manchester United this season, but his play rallied and he ended up contributing to the Red Devils winning the FA Cup. Valencia missed the last Copa America due to injury, but he is healthy this time around and looking to make an impact.
Unsurprisingly, Brazil is showing an ability to score in international competition. The Selecaohave scored at least two goals in four straight matches and controlled the run of play against Panama in Sunday’s friendly. Brazil has a spoil of riches to play with in addition to Willian, with other notable attackers such as Gabriel and Hulk along with midfielders like Kaka, Philippe Coutinho, and defenders Dani Alves and Marquinhos. Every player on the pitch for Brazil, including defenders, has a penchant to score goals and this team is known for constantly running defenders into the opposing side’s box.
Ecuador doesn’t have nearly the amount of firepower as Brazil has, but this small country has looked solid in World Cup qualifying to date, and is tied for first place in COMNEBOL. The Ecuadoreans will likely pick their spots carefully against Brazil and wait for opportune moments to counterattack in the hope of catching Brazil’s back line on the wrong foot.
Brazil has had a knack of massively underachieving as of late and if the Brazilians fail to meet expectations again, there’s a chance that Dunga will be forced out as manager before the Summer Olympics. He should easily win this group and anything less than a finals appearance for Brazil will be considered a failure.
At the end of the day, this Brazilian side has too much talent to falter early in the tournament. Brazil is well aware of its recent failures and will not take anyone in this tournament lightly. Ecuador will have its chances, but Brazil will do enough to win the match.
Copa America Odds: Brazil 2, Ecuador 1