Brazil vs. Venezuela Copa America Soccer Picks: Expect Low-Scoring Game Between Evenly Matched Teams

Lee Phelps

Saturday, June 20, 2015 7:36 PM GMT

All the good work Brazil have done since the World Cup could be undone if they do not beat Venezuela. The confidence is slipping and it's been a poor Copa so far, but can they win this time? William Hill's Lee Phelps has been studying the odds for his free betting pick.

What do you do with a team like Brazil when you’re a gambler? Just when you think you can trust them they let themselves down again losing to Colombia and only just scraping through against Peru.

 

Brazil
Add to that my worry that confidence may still be brittle from last summer, when they were humiliated. The defense has been everything to Dunga’s Brazil after the eventual disaster of their own World Cup performance.

They have of course got excellent players, not least Neymar who has shown some sublime skill during those first two matches. He is banned for this game having been sent off in their loss.

That defeat was the first loss in nine matches under the new regime and they have a very good record against Venezuela winning six and drawing two of their previous nine matches.

The attackers available to replace Neymar include Roberto Firmino and Martins Diego Tardelli, forgive me for not falling off my chair with excitement!

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Venezuela
I expected a fairly haphazard display from the Venezuelans when they faced Colombia and how wrong I was. They were excellent and beat the much-fancied side by a goal to nil.

Let’s not forget they have made the quarter and semifinals of the last two Copas and despite that poor head-to-head to record, they have managed to hold Brazil 0-0 in each of their previous two meetings.

 

Soccer Picks
I can see Brazil being a little nervous here, given that they could go out of the tournament with a poor display. Losing in the group stages of the Copa – that would probably rival the Germany performance for embarrassment. Without Neymar I don’t see too many goals, when they have only scored one with him in the team.

Venezuela have looked solid, so I can see them looking to hold their superior rivals, so an under 2.5 bet looks likely and I’d go with a both teams to score as well, with the combined soccer odds at 1.95

 

Free Soccer Pick: Both teams to score and under 2.5 goals 1.95 (19/20) at William Hill

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