Host country Brazil can take the first step toward repeating as Copa America champions when they take on Venezuela to kick off the 2021 Copa America on Sunday at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia. Brazil has won Copa America, the world’s oldest soccer tournament, nine times. That ranks third all-time behind Uruguay (15) and Argentina (14).
On Sunday, Brazil has been installed as a -1300 favorite in the Brazil vs. Venezuela odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while Venezuela is a +5500 underdog. In the other match, Colombia is a -112 favorite in the Colombia vs. Ecuador odds, while Ecuador is a +360 underdog. Before you lock in your 2021 Copa America picks, check out the predictions and best bets from SportsLine and CBS Sports expert Tom Fornelli.
Fornelli has been a CBS Sports writer since 2010 and is a consistent winner who has demonstrated his expertise in every single sport. The entertaining Fornelli often makes appearances on The Early Edge, SportsLine’s daily betting podcast. He has returned 4.2 percent in profit on his Early Edge picks, including an impressive Champions League semifinal round in which he nailed both winners and a +320 prop that cashed big for anyone tailing his picks.
Now, Fornelli has evaluated the latest 2021 Copa America odds for Sunday and locked in his best bets. You can visit SportsLine to see his picks.
Top Copa America 2021 predictions
After studying both matchups on Sunday, Fornelli is high on Brazil scoring over 1.5 goals (-400) in the tournament opener against Venezuela. The Brazilians have a plethora of goal scorers, including Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino. But the most intriguing may be the 24-year-old Gabriel Barbosa. Once called the “next Neymar,” Barbosa scored 57 goals in three seasons in Serie A (2018-20) and gives the team a true center forward.
In addition, Brazil faces a Venezuela roster that has been overhauled because of the coronavirus. At least eight players tested positive for COVID-19 in the days leading up to Sunday’s match. That has forced the Venezuela soccer federation to fly in replacements from the country’s domestic league to face Brazil on Sunday.