The regular phase of the Copa América is coming to an end, and this last date will define both the four teams that will go into the next phase and the order of Group A. One of the matches will be the one between Brazil and Ecuador, a duel with very different realities. With regards to the host team, it must be said that the Verdeamarela is not only qualified for the quarterfinals, but also as the leader of the zone. The team led by Tite will seek to finish this phase with an ideal score. On the other side is a “Tri” very much in need of victories, even more so, knowing that on the other side Venezuela will face Peru in the other match to be taken into account. The team led by Gustavo Alfaro needs a win to secure their passage, otherwise, they will have to wait for the other result.
Here are five interesting facts ahead of Brazil and Ecuador’s final group stage match:
1. Brazil has won 10 of the last 10 games. Averaging 3.0 points per game.
2. Ecuador has won 4, drawn 2, and lost 4 of the last 10 matches. Averaging 1.4 points per game.
3. In the last 10 matches, Brazil have scored an average of 2.8 goals and conceded an average of 0.3 goals. Thus, their games have an average of 3.1 goals.
4. In the last 10 matches, Ecuador has scored an average of 2.0 goals and conceded an average of 1.6 goals. Therefore, their games have an average of 3.6 goals.
5. There have been more than 2.5 goals in 6 of Brazil’s last 10 matches.
Now we will review the current events of both teams before Sunday’s match:
Brazil: They come to this match after beating Colombia 2-1 on the last matchday, topping Group B with full points from their three matches played (9) and with assured qualification for the quarterfinals as the leader of their zone. The team coached by Tite had started by losing their last match against Colombia ten minutes after the start of the match. However, less than fifteen minutes before the end of the match, they managed to equalize and ended up winning in stoppage time.
Ecuador: They arrived after a 2-2 draw against Peru, a result that placed them in fourth place in the Group B standings, equal to Venezuela with two points and only above them on goal difference. The team coached by Argentine Gustavo Alfaro started its last match-winning 2-0, but in the second half, Peru managed to recover and in less than ten minutes of play tied the score. This is the second consecutive victory for the tricolor, as Venezuela previously tied the match in stoppage time. Ecuador will not count on Gonzalo Plata for this match, as the player will be out for 15 days due to ankle discomfort.
Where and when to watch the game
Brazil and Ecuador will clash next Sunday, June 27. The match for the fifth matchday of Group B of the Copa América will take place at the Olympic Stadium Pedro Ludovico Teixeira de Goiânia. The match will be broadcasted by DIRECTV Sports, at 16:00 E.T.
Ecuador: 18.0% (+680) – Goals: 0.83 – Best O/U: o2½-133
Brazil: 64.6% (-263) – Goals: 2.32 – Best O/U: u2½-103
Draw: 17.4% (+370)