Brazil vs Ecuador
Copa America- Group B- July 13, 2011- 21.45 local time
Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba
A crucial Copa America game for defending champions Brazil sees the Samba boys meet Ecuador in Cordoba. Bet on Brazil vs Ecuador with Bodog after reading our betting preview at Sportsbookie.com.
Brazil are third in the group with two points from as many games. The Samba Boys first drew goalless against Venezuela and then produced the same result ( albeit with more goals) against Paraguay. They took the lead in the Paraguay game but went behind in the second half and needed a last gasp equaliser from substitute Fred to rescue a point.
The Brazilians have come in for severe criticism from the press but coach Mano Menezes has insisted that his side need time to gel together. Brazilian skipper Lucio has urged his team mates to improve their game, for a loss will mean the end of their Copa defence.
Brazil form- last five games- most recent first- Brazil scorers in brackets
Brazil 2-2 Paraguay ( Jadson, Fred)
Brazil 0-0 Venezuela
Brazil 1-0 Romania (Fred)
Brazil 0-0 Netherlands
Brazil 2-0 Scotland ( Neymar*2)
Nothing but a win will do for qualification for Ecuador. They have collected a single point from two games and require a win to make it to the last eight. However they will have to do the task without Luis Valencia, who missed the last game against Venezuela and will also miss this fixture. Valencia is again expected to be replaced in the starting XI by Michael Arroyo.
Ecuador form- last five games- most recent first-Ecuador scorers in brackets
Venezuela 1-0 Ecuador
Paraguay 0-0 Ecuador
Ecuador 1-1 Greece ( Erazo)
Canada 2-2 Ecuador ( Benitez, Arroyo)
Mexico 1-1 Ecuador ( Arroyo)
Verdict:-Brazil simply need to avoid defeat to qualify but expect them to get their first win of the tournament.
Brazil 3-0 Ecuador ( Pato, Neymar, Lucas)