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Brazil’s Quest to End Slump Starts Now

Philippe Coutinho Brazil Copa America

The last time Brazil won the Copa America, Robinho was the leading scorer with six goals. Yes, the year was 2007 but the Canarinho will look to end that drought in the United States as they begin their Copa quest versus Ecuador in Pasadena Saturday evening.

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  • Brazil has not advanced past the quarterfinals in the last two Copa tournaments.
  • In the last six meetings, Brazil has won five and the two have one draw.
  • Ecuador is ranked No. 12 in FIFA’s rankings while Brazil comes in at No. 7.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Brazilians as -115 faves in moneyline markets while Ecuador is presently +335 and the Draw is +245. In spread markets, Brazil is -1 (+165) while Ecuador is -200. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 2.5 goals is +115 while UNDER 2.5 goals is -145.

Brazil has won just the third-most Copa titles (eight) behind Uruguay’s 15 and Argentina’s 14 and will look to snap their eight-year drought with a squad full of talent, though lacking some of the more international names.

Neymar was sadly not included in the side, but players like Philippe Coutinho, Hulk, Lucas, Willian and Dani Alves will be on display in the USA in this edition of the Copa.

Brazil and Ecuador are in Group B with Haiti and Peru with the former the clear faves to win the group. Brazil has gone unbeaten in their last five matches and enters the Copa with a couple of draws in their last two matches.

Ecuador, which features quality players like Enner Valenica and Jefferson Montero, has lost its last two matches coming in and is winless in its last three. Brazil has won the last two head-to-head meetings including a 4-2 win in the 2011 Copa.