One of the top storylines entering the Copa America Centenario is the clear talent disparity in some group matches, as traditional soccer titans are slotted to face opponents with plenty of room to improve. Such a matchup will be taking place on Wednesday night when heavy underdog Haiti face tournament frontrunner Brazil in a Group B match at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
Brazil enter the tournament ranked No. 6 by FIFA, while Haiti are No.74. It wouldn't be surprising to see Dunga's side come out firing early and often in central Florida, to secure their first victory of the tournament.
Despite Orlando City SC playmaker Kaka unable to suit up due to injury, and Neymar hanging with Justin Bieber and Jamie Foxx, head coach Dunga still has a great deal of talent to work with. Liverpool central midfielder Philippe Coutinho has exceptional vision, and veteran defender Dani Alves remains one of the more reliable right backs in the world. Left back Filipe Luis is coming off a solid season with Atletico Madrid, and faced skillful Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro in the Champions League final. Dunga also has the services of forward Gabriel Barbosa, who at 19 years old might be the most coveted young star outside of Europe.
Haiti head coach Patrice Neveu, on the other hand, will have much less to work with. Even the most dedicated followers of the beautiful game can be forgiven for knowing little about starters like Kim Jaggy, Kevin Lafrance and Duckens Nazon.
Yet, when both countries were in action on Saturday, Haiti managed to remain competitive with Peru in a 1-0 loss, while Brazil grabbed just one point in their scoreless result with Ecuador.
Despite one win, one draw and three losses in their last five matches, Haiti have not been as outclassed as one might think. Only Colombia, one of the dark horses of the tournament, have managed to score more than one goal against Haiti in 2016, proving that Neveu has done strong job of organizing the defense.
But Brazil will be playing with a high degree of desperation in their second group match. Anything less than a comprehensive victory will be considered a major disappointment.
According to Dunga, Brazil ''cannot afford another bad result."
DF: Alves, Marquinhos, Gil, Luis
MF: Willian, Elias, Augusto, Coutinho
DF: Goreux, Genevois, Jerome, Jaggy
MF: Marcelin, Lafrance, Hilaire
FW: Louis, Nazon, Guerrier
Prediction: Brazil 3-0 Haiti
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
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