COPA America 2024: Wednesday’s Match Previews

With the group stages coming to a close, the Copa America promises to be a thrilling tournament. The pressure is on for some big names, while unexpected teams have ignited hope for their fans. Buckle up, because the ride is just getting started!

Here are SBN’s tips and predictions for today’s matches!

8/10 Brazil | Draw 2/1 | Colombia 31/10 (03:00)

Brazil needs just a point against Colombia on July 3rd to reach the knockout stages. Their 4-1 win over Paraguay puts them in second place, while Colombia is already qualified after a 3-0 win against Costa Rica. After a scoreless draw against Costa Rica, Brazil finally found a breakthrough against Paraguay, ending a four-game winless run against CONMEBOL opponents.Their opponents Colombia are unbeaten in 25 games and aim to win their group for the first time since 2019. They haven’t conceded a first-half goal since December 2023. Despite Brazil’s struggles, they still possess immense talent. Expect a reaction from the Seleção, who I think will claim maximum points here. 

3/1 Costa Rica | Draw 2/1 | Paraguay 8/10 (03:00)

Costa Rica and Paraguay face off on Tuesday in a do-or-die match for both sides. Costa Rica needs a win to keep their slim quarter-final hopes alive, while Paraguay seeks to avoid a winless Copa America exit. After a promising start, Los Ticos were thrashed by Colombia and haven’t scored a single goal in the tournament. They haven’t lost two group games in a row at the Copa America this century, but a win is crucial. Officially eliminated, Paraguay hasn’t won a Copa America match on American soil and hasn’t gone pointless in the tournament before. Their defense has conceded the second-most goals in the group stage. Costa Rica is undefeated in their recent meetings but haven’t beaten Paraguay at the Copa America since 2004. Paraguay’s manager has never lost three games in a row, but the team has recently endured such a streak. I can see Costa Rica coming out with a victory here.