The Copa America group stages continue this week and Brazil continues to provide a carnival atmosphere for South America’s most important international competition.
Bolivia take on Peru in a bid to stake a claim for qualification from Group A, whilst Brazil will be hoping to make it to the knockout stages with the minimum of fuss against Venezuela. Colombia also take on the Asian Cup winners Qatar after beating Argentina in their opening match of the tournament.
Check out our 2019 Copa America free tips for Bolivia vs Peru, Brazil vs Venezuela, and Colombia vs Qatar.
Bolivia vs Peru (Tuesday 18 June)
This looks a must win game for two teams that will be hoping to qualify in second place behind Brazil in Group A of the 2019 Copa America. Bolivia have already been beaten by Brazil and Peru will be hoping to inflict a second defeat on the Bolivian Team after drawing their opening match with Venezuela.
It’s no surprise that Peru are the odds-on favourites to win the match, as Bolivia’s defeat against Brazil was their fourth consecutive defeat this year. They’ve also failed to score in those losses to Brazil, France, Japan, and South Korea,
Peru haven’t exactly been on fire themselves, with their 0-0 draw against Venezuela being the third game in five matches that they’ve also failed to score, whilst their two wins in that period were 1-0 victories over Costa Rica and Paraguay.
Despite that, it’s hard to argue with Peru’s most recent form against Bolivia. Peru won 3-1 when the two sides met in the 2015 Copa America quarter-finals, whilst they also beat them 3-0 and 2-1 in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
The lack of recent goals for both sides suggests that the most likely result is a low-scoring win for Peru, and anything around 5/4 for Peru to win to nil looks worth a punt.
Brazil vs Venezuela (Wednesday 19 June, early morning)
Brazil will qualify for the knockout stages with a victory over Venezuela and, after looking at past Brazil vs Venezuela head-to-heads, it’s no wonder that the bookies are only willing to offer 1/6 about a Brazil win. Brazil beat Venezuela 2-1 in the 2015 Copa America and then inflicted further 2-0 and 3-1 defeats on them during World Cup qualifying.
Brazil have also won their last four matches, scoring a total of 12 goals without reply in games against Bolivia, Qatar, and Honduras. However, Venezuela may not be complete pushovers as, despite failing to find the net against Peru, they scored three goals in wins over both the USA and Argentina recently, and also scored in a defeat to Mexico and a draw against Ecuador.
That means that the bookies could be being generous offering prices in excess of 2/1 about a Brazil win and both teams to score, especially as that result would have been a winner in two of their last three head-to-heads.
Colombia vs Qatar (Wednesday 19 June)
Colombia made a massive statement in their opening win over Argentina and they’re a best-priced 2/5 to qualify for the knockout stages with a win over Qatar.
There are no previous head-to-heads to draw inspiration from, but it’s worth noting that Qatar were in fine form in the Asian Cup before travelling to South America. They beat South Korea in the quarter-finals, and the United Arab Emirates in the semi-finals, before beating Japan 3-1 in the final, suggesting they’re a capable team on their day. They also only lost 2-0 in a friendly in Brazil in their warm-up match for the Copa America before rallying in the second half to come from 2-0 against Paraguay to draw 2-2 in their opening group game.
Colombia have hit form at just the right time for this tournament and confirmed the impression of their friendly wins to nil against Peru and Panama to beat Argentina 2-0. However, before that they had lost to South Korea and beaten Japan 1-0, suggesting that Qatar may give them something to think about on their form with those teams. That makes prices in excess of 5/2 about a Colombia win and both teams to score more than fair.