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Paraguay v Brazil: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Brazil were held to a goalless draw in their opening Copa America Group D game against Costa Rica, but they should have few problems against a shot-shy Paraguay.

A disallowed Marquinhos goal denied Brazil an opening victory, but their strong record against the Paraguayans points to a win for the competition’s second favourites in Las Vegas.

Paraguay v Brazil

Paraguay v Brazil betting tips and predictions

Brazil to win to nil - 1/1

There will be a sense of frustration in the Brazilian camp after they failed to get their Copa America campaign off to a winning start, but they will have a good chance to redeem themselves when they face Paraguay in Las Vegas.

To say Brazil dominated their opener against Costa Rica is an understatement, as their Concacaf opponents showed little forward endeavour and had the benefit of a VAR offside decision that prevented them from falling to a first-game defeat.

Marquinhos’ effort was ruled out and, had it not been, Los Ticos could have had few complaints as they mustered an expected-goal (xG) figure of just 0.03 and were rarely in the game.

This should be another occasion when the Selecao defence in front of Liverpool goalkeeper Allison is able to hold firm, just as they have in five of their last seven matches against Paraguay, including each of the last four.

Brazil created a host of opportunities in their first fixture but were just unable to take any of them.

It seems unlikely that they will be so wasteful in the final third again, so there is a strong chance they will get their Copa quest going with a comfortable win, while also celebrating another clean sheet.

Rodrygo to score at any time - 21/10

Brazil coach Dorival Junior would probably be more concerned if his team had failed to create chances against Costa Rica, but there were positive signs in that Los Angeles stalemate and it should not take long for his strikers to get in on the act.

The Selecao had 19 goal attempts and although just three of them were on target, the goals look likely to arrive soon and we can expect Real Madrid forward Rodrygo to be at the front of the queue.

The 23-year-old had six attempts in that Group D opening clash and, despite the fact he was unable to test the goalkeeper, he was in the right positions, so there seems a decent chance that his luck will change.

Rodrygo had scored in friendly draws against Spain and the USA in the build-up to the tournament, so he should be backed at 21/10 to rediscover his goalscoring touch in Las Vegas.

Mathias Villasanti to be booked - 7/5

There seems a strong possibility that the Paraguayan midfield will have to do a lot of chasing to do in their second group game, probably even more than they did in losing to Colombia.

Brazil had 74% of the possession in their first game, so it would not take much for their opponents to get frustrated.

Midfielder Matthias Villasanti was pulled up three times in the Colombia defeat, even though that was not enough for him to earn a yellow card.

Villasanti - who plays his football in Brazil for Gremio - was sent off in his last Copa Libertadores game against Estudiantes and, as there is a strong chance that his team will be overrun by the tournament’s second favourites, it is worth chancing that he may not be as fortunate to escape a booking this time.

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Paraguay v Brazil odds

Paraguay - 10/1
Darw -
15/4
Brazil -
1/3

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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