Brazil can extend 17-year record; Venezuela and Peru fight for quarter-final

The final two games in Copa America’s Group B could provide plenty of goals as Brazil welcome Ecuador and Venezuela clash with Peru.

Brazil vs Ecuador

When: Sunday, June 27, 22:00 BST

How to watch: BBC Sport

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Best Bets

Brazil to win and BTTS at 23/10

Over 2.5 goals at 5/6

Ayrton Preciado to score anytime at 11/2

Three games. Three wins. Nine goals scored. One conceded.

Brazil are powering towards a historic tenth Copa America title. Question is, can anyone halt their dominance? Can anyone even come close?

In spite of what the form books may suggest, the answer to that question is yes.

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Colombia certainly found a chink in Brazil's armour when the two sides clashed on Thursday.

Tite's men ultimately walked out as the 2-1 winners but it didn't come without controversy.

Colombia took the lead in the tenth minute and led until a dubious equaliser 12 minutes from time. Roberto Firmino's goal was given despite the ball appearing to hit the referee, Nestor Pitana, in the build-up.

Tensions began to boil over in the closing stages which led to one of the backroom staff for Colombia being sent off. Long protests from the national side meant there was plenty of time added on - Brazil took full advantage, scoring the eventual winner in the 100th minute.

Brazil manager, Tite
Brazil manager, Tite

The result aside, one thing that Colombia proved is that this is a beatable Brazil outfit. Neymar was kept relatively quiet for the entire first half as Brazil were restricted to a single shot on target.

Tite's men improved in the second-half but if not for the controversial goal, who knows how that game would have ended.

Neymar Jr celebrates scoring a goal in Brazil's 2021 Copa America opener with Venezuela
Neymar Jr celebrates scoring a goal in Brazil's 2021 Copa America opener with Venezuela

The attention now turns to Ecuador. Having failed to win any of their last five games, it's hard to imagine Gustavo Alfaro's men walking out victorious.

However, with his team managing to score four goals in two games, they certainly are capable of testing the strength of this Brazilian defence.

Last ten head-to-heads

Brazil wins: 8

Draws: 2

Ecuador wins: 0

Brazil goals: 21

Ecuador goals: 4

Ecuador look to end Brazilian goal drought

It's been 17 years since Ecuador last picked up a victory over Brazil.

More worryingly, it's been 10 years since they last scored against them.

Felipe Caicedo was the man who bagged a brace against the Brazilians in a 4-2 defeat during the 2011 Copa America.

Ecuador's Gonzalo Plata
Ecuador's Gonzalo Plata

While winning this Sunday does seem unrealistic, Ecuador are capable of at least ending their goalless run in this fixture.

With the team on the brink of Copa America elimination, Alfaro's men have little to lose. With one game to go and the side still without a win, Brazil can expect a fiery Ecuador outfit in Goiania.

Goalscorer bets

Staying on the subject of Ecuador, Ayrton Preciado will be the dangerman for La Tricolor.

The Santos Laguna midfielder has scored two goals in his last two international outings.

Another man with two goals in this tournament so far is Neymar Jr. However, at 4/6, he doesn't offer much in terms of value.

Instead, it may be worth having a look at Richarlison. The Everton man is a magnet for opportunities and at 11/10, he offers more value in the anytime goalscorer market.

Venezuela vs Peru

When: Sunday, June 27, 22:00 BST

How to watch: BBC Sport

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Best Bets

Draw at 9/5

BTTS and over 2.5 goals at 15/8

Edson Castillo to score anytime at 22/1

The battle to qualify for the knockout stage of Copa America comes down to this final group outing for both Venezuela and Peru.

As things stand, it is Venezuela who sit bottom of their group with two points to their name. Peru, on the other hand, are third with four points.

Venezuela's team ahead of their 2021 Copa America clash against Ecuador
Venezuela's team ahead of their 2021 Copa America clash against Ecuador

Four of the five teams will progress to the next stage of the competition meaning a win in Brasilia could be the difference maker between the quarter-finals and the plane home.

As the standings suggest, most of the pressure will be on Venezuela who are yet to win a game at this tournament.

However, with fourth-placed Ecuador taking on group leaders Brazil, even a draw could be enough for Jose Peseiro's men to progress.

Last ten head-to-heads

Venezuela wins: 3

Draws: 3

Peru wins: 4

Venezuela goals: 13

Peru goals: 15

Nothing between them in recent years

All three of the last head-to-head meetings between Venezuela and Peru have ended in draws. Two of them produced plenty of entertainment after ending 2-2.

Interestingly, that's the same scoreline that both teams managed in their last Copa America outings.

Peru's Andre Carrillo celebrates his goal against Ecuador
Peru's Andre Carrillo celebrates his goal against Ecuador

Venezuela, for instance, grabbed a late equaliser to seal a point against Ecuador.

Peru, on the other hand, came from two goals down to also seal a point against the Ecuadorians.

All signs point to another close encounter.

Goalscorer bets

Edson Castillo had a stormer in that aforementioned game against Ecuador.

The Venezuelan midfielder not only scored the opener but also assisted as his nation secured an important point.

At 22/1, he offers great value to get on the scoresheet once again.

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