The 2019 Copa América final is a rematch from the group stage. Will hosts Brazil lift the Copa América trophy? Or will it be Peru that wins its first South American tournament in 44 years?
Brazil vs. Peru
Copa América free pick: Brazil 3-0 (+650)
Brazil has done what it has needed to do to entertain its fans as the host and advance to the final. The Brazilians defeated rival Argentina in the semifinal round and are seeking to lift the trophy on home soil at the Maracanã. In the group stage Brazil routed Peru 5-0, but will not expect the same Peruvian performance this time around.
Brazil has received offensive production from so many players, and Alisson has also been very good in goal. Brazil will look for Casemiro and Willian to have great performances in keeping possession and sending the ball forward to players like Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus. On the back line Dani Alves will provide some flank on the attack, while Thiago Silva will control the middle of the defense to keep Peru on its heels. Everton also has the ability to score, which means that once again, the Brazilian hero could be anyone.
Peru shocked Chile with a masterful performance, and the 3-0 victory advanced the Peruvians to their first final since they won it all in 1975. To turn back the clock and become champions, they will once again need Paulo Guerrero and Yoshimar Yotun to force Brazilian mistakes. Pedro Gallese had the match of his life in goal against Chile, and he made some incredible saves to preserve the shutout. Somehow he will need to dial his effort up even more against La Seleçao, who can get to goal from anywhere on the field. Peru’s back line has its work cut out for them, but the midfield is key. Keeping the ball away from Brazil means Peru can control the game and create some chances.
This Copa América was in the stars for Brazil to win on home soil, exorcising some of the demons from the 2014 World Cup. Peru will give it a great effort, but Brazil has too much in the tank. Look for Brazil to be crowned 2019 Copa América champions with a 3-0 victory.
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