Brazil vs. Bolivia: Odds, Live Stream, TV Schedule for 2019 Copa America

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2019

Brazil's Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring against Qatar during a friendly soccer match at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, June 5, 2019.(AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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Brazil begin their 2019 Copa America campaign on Friday, with the tournament hosts welcoming Bolivia to Sao Paulo.

The Selecao are favourites to win the competition, and Venezuela and Peru complete the lineup in Group A.

Brazil will be without Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar after the attacker was injured during an international friendly against Qatar for his country on June 8 in preparation for the Copa.


Date: Friday, June 14

Time9:30 p.m. local/8:30 p.m. ET/1:30 a.m. BST (Saturday)

TVTelemundo (U.S.), Premier Sports (UK)

StreamTelemundo Deportes En VivoESPN+Premier Player

Odds: Brazil 1-12, Bolivia 33-1, draw 10-1 (via Oddschecker)



Brazil will need to promote a fresh hero to earn Copa success without Neymar.

As the outstanding team in South American qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, they will believe they have the depth to win the tournament, which they are hosting for the first time since 1989.

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 08: Head coach Tite attends a media during a press conference at Beira Rio stadium on June 08, 2019 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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Manager Tite has a varied and disciplined squad, and with Argentina and holders Chile in decline, Brazil are the deserved favourites on home soil. The 58-year-old has previously said he expects his side to reach the final. However, the injury to Neymar will have affected preparations.

Brazil have failed to get beyond the last eight during the past three Copas, but with a simple group phase to navigate, the hosts will like their chances against any of the prominent nations during the final stages.

Philippe Coutinho has suffered a frustrating time since leaving Liverpool for Barcelona, but the attacker could be given more freedom in the absence of Neymar.

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 09: Gabriel Jesus #9 and Richarlison of Brazil celebrate a scored goal during the International Friendly Match between Brazil and Honduras at Beira Rio Stadium on June 9, 2019 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Gett
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Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino are options as the No. 9 for Tite, and the form of Richarlison at Everton has seen his stock rise in the Brazil squad.

Bolivia have been Copa runners-up as recently as 1997, but the Green have been in an extended slump for two decades.

Eduardo Villegas took the Bolivia coaching reins for a second time in his career after the nation ended World Cup qualification ninth out of 10. Only Venezuela were lower, who also feature in the group in Brazil.

Brazil will expect comfortable wins against both sides and will use the games to warm up for the bigger hurdles ahead.