Brazil will be eyeing a spot in the knockout stage of Copa America 2016 as they are all set to take on Peru in a Group B clash at the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts on Sunday. Peru, on the other hand, have been one of the surprise packages in this tournament. They will also look to make it to the quarter finals of Copa America for the eighth time in a row.
Both Brazil and Peru have won one and drawn one each. However, Brazil have the goal difference advantage as they blasted past Haiti seven times in their last match. Peru drew against Ecuador after giving away a comfortable 2-0 lead.
This is going to be a crucial game for both the sides as whoever win will cruise into the last eight of Copa America 2016. Even if the game between Brazil and Peru ends in a draw, both teams along with Ecuador can progress from Group B.
In order to yield positive results, both the teams will have to field their best team on Sunday.
Brazil will be missing Casemiro in their starting XI as he has been suspended for the final game of the Group B. Walace is likely to replace the Real Madrid midfielder for the game against Peru. Other than this, Brazil does not have any more injury concerns.
"Dunga has not spoken to me. But if he chooses me, I will try to do my best. Each player has his own style - Casemiro has it. If I am chosen, I will try to do better. I was eager to play, but this is normal for any player who comes on for the first time," Walace was quoted as saying by FourFourtwo.
"It took a little time to adapt, but I was fine. Today, I am a little more comfortable and hope to have a little more opportunity. I am calm - I have passed the stage of having butterflies in my stomach."
Peru are likely to field the same team as they did against Ecuador. The team has done well and they should ideally not tinker with the combination.
Brazil: Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Gil, Luis; Casemiro; Willian, Elias, Augusto, Coutinho; Jonas.
Peru: Gallese; Revoredo, Ramos, Rodriguez, Trauco; Vilchez, Tapia; Hohberg, Cueva, Flores; Guerrero.