The postponed 2020 Copa America kicks off with current holders and nine-time champions Brazil taking on Venezuela in Brasília on Sunday night. Brazil returned to action for the first time since November 2020, last week and recorded back-to-back wins in qualifying for the World Cup by defeating both Ecuador and Paraguay 2-0. Brazil lead the way in South America qualifying with six wins from six while their opponents are labouring in 9th on four points, joint alongside Peru at the foot of the table.
Brazil are the new hosts for the tournament despite being seriously hit by COVID but after problems in the original host countries of Argentina and Colombia, it was decided to move the tournament elsewhere. Brazil have won the Copa America every time it’s been played on home soil emerging victorious on five separate occasions. Brazil are on a seven-game winning run coming into the tournament and have kept a clean sheet in six of those matches. They last met Venezuela in a World Cup qualifier last November prevailing 1-0 that time around in Sao Paulo.
Venezuela were handed a 2-1 loss by Bolivia in World Cup qualifying on the 3rd of June but regrouped a few days later to gain a credible point against Uruguay (0-0). They have, however, lost four of their last six matches whilst failing to score in four games during that period as well and each of their last three games on the road have all ended in defeat. Venezuela have only beaten Brazil once in their history losing 22 of the 26 previous meetings with their only victory coming in a friendly back in 2008.