Brazil vs Paraguay Copa America 2015: Predictions, Schedule, Live Stream, Preview

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The last of the four Copa America quarter-finals contains five-time World Cup winners Brazil.

The Selecao will descend upon the Estadio Municipal de Concepcion looking to gain revenge against aParaguay side that dumped them out of the competition at the same stage four years ago.

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Firmino of Brazil rounds goalkeeper Claudio Bravo of Chile to score the opening goal during the international friendly match between Brazil and Chile at the Emirates Stadium on March 29, 2015

With Neymar on his holidays, it is expected that Firmino will keep his place as Brazil’s main striker. Liverpool have just spent a reported £29m on the 23-year-old, which is bound to heap extra pressure on his shoulders in this encounter.

Robinho has also been tipped to retain his role in the side following his impressive display against Venezuela, butDiego Tardelli is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench.

He could well be joined on there by David Luiz, withMiranda and Thiago Silva likely to be Dunga’s preferred central defensive pairing.

As for Paraguay, with qualification all but secured, Diaz made a number of alterations to his team against Uruguay, but having seen that side more than hold their own in that game, he could be tempted to retain many of those players.

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If that is to be the case, veteran frontman Roque Santa Cruz may be named a substitute once again.

Brazil possible starting lineup:
Jefferson; Alves, Miranda, Thiago Silva, Luis; Elias, Fernandinho; Willian, Coutinho, Robinho; Firmino

Paraguay possible starting lineup:
Villar; Caceres, Da Silva, B Valdez, Piris; Bobadilla, Ortigoza, Benitez, Molinas; Valdez, Barrios

Head To Head

Paraguay may have tasted defeat on 47 occasions against Brazil, winning just 12 games themselves, but they are bound to be confident ahead of this clash.

That is because they met the Brazilians twice in the Copa four years ago and lost neither of those encounters.

The two teams played out a 2-2 draw in the group phase, which could have been even better for Paraguay had Fred not scored a last-minute equaliser for the Yellows.

They then met again in the quarter-finals, when after a 0-0 draw, the Paraguayans advanced courtesy of a 2-0 penalty shootout win.

Justo Villar, who will keep goal this time around, only had to make one save, with the other three Brazilians – one of whom was Silva – missing the target.

We say: Brazil 0-1 Paraguay

In most knockout rounds there is a shock result, and it could well happen in this match. Brazil have played well in patches, which assuming that Paraguay continue their recent form, will not be enough to win through. Missing a player of Neymar’s quality will not hurt against the likes of Venezuela, but it will against better opposition, which Paraguay certainly will provide. With strikers in form, Paraguay can knock Brazil out of the Copa for the second tournament running.

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