The quarter-finals of the Copa America kick off on Friday, and the day will conclude with a grand final as Brazil takes on Chile in Rio. Brazil are unbeaten with a 3-1-0 record, win Group B and look like the clear favorites to win it all. Chile went 1-2-1 in Group A to finish fourth but have averaged less than a goal per game ahead of this huge test. The winner will face Paraguay or Peru in the semifinals, while the loser is eliminated.
Here’s how to watch the match and what you need to know:
- Date: Friday 2 July
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
- Place: Estadio Nilton Santos — Rio de Janeiro
- TV: FS1 and TUDN
- Live Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
- Opportunities: Brazil -300; Sign +380; Chile +1000 (via William Hill Sportsbook)
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Brazil: This isn’t the Chile of five or ten years ago, and this is probably the best Brazil we’ve seen in over ten years, so this has a chance to get out of hand early, even if it can sometimes take a while Brazil get to work. Brazil’s size in defense could lead them to some success at corners, so keep an eye out for someone like Marquinhos. Chile is likely to get next to nothing on offense because of this dominant backline, but being too aggressive could give the underdogs a chance to do something on a given stretch. Expect Brazil to win comfortably.
Chili: They only produced a shot on target against Paraguay in their last game of the group stage and struggled to attack. So, looking at Brazil’s defense, how on earth are they finding their way to victory? Chile will have to focus on defense or things will get out of hand, and they’ll need a lucky call, a lucky bounce, or some sort of big foul to find their way to a win. Expect them to struggle to see the ball in the offensive third and the chances are slim. It’s not impossible, but this is the highest task for any team in the quarters.
The hosts need a moment to get going against an ultra-defensive Chile, but in the end Brazil has too much. Choose: Brazil 2, Chile 0