Copa America Schedule 2016: Live Stream, TV, Times for Saturday Group Fixtures

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2016

Brazil's Willian, left, fights for the ball with Paraguay's Edgar Benitez during a 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Brazil in Asuncion, Paraguay, Tuesday, March 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Cesar Olmedo)
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Brazil will open their 2016 Copa America campaign on Saturday when they meet Ecuador in a Group B game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Selecao are bidding to win their first Copa since 2007, but it won't be easy without key stars Neymar and Douglas Costa.

The rest of the group is also in action, with Haiti taking on Peru. Meanwhile, Paraguay will face Costa Rica in an intriguing match in Group A.

Before a preview, here are all the relevant schedule and viewing details for each match, along with score predictions:

Copa America 2016: Saturday's Group Matches Schedule
DateMatchTimes (ET)TVLive StreamPredictions
Saturday, June 4Costa Rica vs. Paraguay5 p.m.Fox Sports 1 / Premier SportsFox Soccer 2Go0-1
Saturday, June 4Haiti vs. Peru7:30 p.m.Fox Sports 2Fox Soccer 2Go0-1
Saturday, June 4Brazil vs. Ecuador10 p.m.Fox Sports 1Fox Soccer 2Go2-1
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Matches can be streamed at Fox Soccer 2Go and Premier Sports.

Preview

Sans Neymar, grabbing goals is going to be a problem when the "Selecao attack looks as impoverished as it has ever been," according to Tim Stillman of the Botafogo Star.

Neymar's absence could stunt Brazil's attack.
Neymar's absence could stunt Brazil's attack.Buda Mendes/Getty Images

With Barcelona forward Neymar being saved for the Rio Olympics and Bayern Munich winger Costa suffering a thigh injury, it's down to others to pick up the slack. Fortunately, a pair of Premier League talents have the ability to make an impact at the Centenario.

Chelsea's Willian and Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho are both versatile enough to raid the flanks or operate through the middle. They each boast the pace and technique to provide the flair in the final third naturally expected of a Brazil squad.

So can Paris Saint-Germain wing wizard Lucas Moura. Moura can frustrate and dazzle in equal measure, but national team boss Dunga should still gear Brazil's approach play to the mercurial 23-year-old.

No Neymar and an injury-enforced withdrawal for Ricardo Oliveira mean Brazil are going to have to rely on deep-lying forwards fluidly rotating positions and producing intelligent combination play in and around the box.

A more collective approach might actually suit the Brazilians better, rather than relying on their usual talisman a little too much.

It will be a similar story for Costa Rica, who will be dependent on Bryan Ruiz and Arsenal man Joel Campbell for inspiration in forward areas. But the quick and intelligent pair may struggle to break down a tough and resourceful Paraguay outfit.

Paraguay have been named as a dark horse by OddsShark. The likes of Bournemouth's Juan Iturbe and Sporting Gijon’s Antonio Sanabria are listed as players to watch.

But Goal.com's Thomas Floyd highlighted Derlis Gonzalez instead: "Although the 22-year-old winger didn't exactly light it up after an expensive offseason move to Dynamo Kiev, Gonzalez gained valuable Champions League experience and now seems poised for a breakout tournament on the international level."

Gonzalez's width and creativity will be invaluable for Paraguay.
Gonzalez's width and creativity will be invaluable for Paraguay.Jorge Saenz/Associated Press

Peru are one of the more unpredictable teams at the tournament, thanks to the presence of several precocious but unproven, young talents. Chief among them, Christian Cueva is under pressure to deliver, according to ESPN FC's Tim Vickery.

While Peru and Paraguay could scrape tight early wins, it's Brazil who will be under a fierce spotlight. Despite being thinned by injuries and other commitments, Dunga's squad will still be under pressure to not only win but win in style.

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