The 2019 Copa America final is set to take place Sunday as host nation Brazil, the eight time Copa America champions, take on Peru who have lifted the title twice.
Sunday will be Brazil’s 20th appearance in the Copa America final and they hold a disappointing 8-11 record in their previous 19 finals. This will be the first finals appearance since 2007 when the Brazilian’s came away with a 3-0 win over Argentina. Brazil are the third most successful team at the Copa America having finished in the Top 4 on 30 occasions. The only two nations to have more Top 4 finishes is Uruguay and Argentina who both have 35.
Peru prepare for the third ever Copa America final and will look to make it a perfect 3-0 in finals. The Peruvians last made a finals appearance in 1975 when they knocked off Colombia 1-0 in the final. Peru are the sixth most successful team in Copa America history having finished in the Top 4 16 times in the past.
Who will lift the 2019 Copa America trophy? Below is my pick for Brazil vs Peru.
Brazil (-333) vs Peru (+1000): Draw (+400)
Brazil probably was not the better team, in their semifinal game against Argentina, but the host nation were able to finish when they got their chances and advanced with a 2-0 win. Brazil have outscored their five opponents 11-0 so far this tournament. Brazil opened the Copa America with a 3-0 win over Bolivia, then drew Bolivia 0-0 before ending the group stage with a 5-0 win over Peru. In the knockout stage Brazil knocked off Paraguay 1-0 in the quarterfinals before that 2-0 win over Argentina in the semifinals.
Peru securing a shocking 3-0 win over the reigning back-to-back Copa America champions Chile to advance to the 2019 Copa America final. Peru have outscored opponents 7-6 in their five games prior to the final. Peru opened their Copa America with a 0-0 draw against Venezuela, then beat Bolivia 3-1 before ending the group stage with a 5-0 loss to Brazil. In the knockout stage Peru beat Uruguay in penalties, in the quarters, before that 3-0 win over Chile.
The host nation, Brazil, lift their ninth Copa America trophy.
These two nations have met 45 times in the past and Brazil holds a commanding 32-9-4 advantage. The two met in the final group stage game last week and Brazil dominated Peru en route to a 5-0 win.
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