On the 11th of July, we will witness a classic match at Copa America 2021 between the South American national teams – Brazil vs Argentina. The final is a long-awaited game that a lot of fans anticipate and even though the match will be played behind closed doors, tensions will only rise to the maximum. We can say that both teams deserved to be in the final. Brazil defeated Peru, while Argentina beat Colombia in the penalty shootout. It is pretty hard to predict the winner, but Brazil have a slight advantage because of the home soil. We will further review the match in detail and provide betting tips.
In the semifinals, Tite’s charges beat Peru with a minimum score (1:0) in Rio de Janeiro and the winning goal was scored by Lucas Paqueta in the 35th minute of the match. We can remember that the Brazilian national team became (W3 + D1, goals 10:2) the winner of group B and in the quarterfinals they defeated the Chile national team (1:0), playing almost the entire second half in the minority.
One thing that needs to be mentioned is that Brazil will be without Gabriel Jesus who was sent off against Chile. He contributes a lot both in the defense and offense and without him, Brazil will have problems at some point. It is already visible that Brazil are playing pragmatic football and the same match against Peru proved that. In the entire second half, Brazil did not create many chances but also squeezed the opponent. They have Neymar and other individualists who can decide the outcome of a match with a single shot.
Lionel Scaloni’s side in the semifinals barely passed the Colombian national team (1: 1 and 3: 2 in penalties) in Brasilia only due to a more accurate penalty kick after a draw in the main time. We should note that the Argentine national team expectedly (W3 + D1, goals 7: 2) won group A, at the quarterfinal stage they confidently beat the Ecuadorian national team (3:0). As a result, taking into account the results of the “blue-white” in the current competition, the Argentine squad knows no defeat in nineteen (W11 + D8) matches, eight times during the specified period they have kept their goal intact.
Argentina have no problems with the squad – Lionel Scaloni will have every player at his disposal. This is Messi’s moment to finally win a title with the national team. The Argentine magician will definitely have problems with his massive legacy, if he does not clinch a single title with Argentina – the feat which has already been achieved by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2016.
- The teams played 108 matches among themselves, as a result of which Brazil have an advantage: 43 wins, 40 defeats, 25 draws;
- Argentina have an advantage in official games: 18 wins, 17 defeats, 11 draws;
- Teams met 33 times at Copa America: 10 Brazil wins, Argentina 15 wins, 8 draws;
- Brazil won the last two official matches against Argentina with a total score of 5:0;
- In the last five head-to-head matches the bet “both will score” has not been played;
- Argentina have not beaten Brazil in an official game since 2005;
- Argentines have not won against Brazil at Copa America since 1993;
- In the 21st century, Brazil and Argentina played twice at the Copa America final: in 2004, the Brazilians won the penalty shootout after a 2:2 draw, three years later they defeated the Argentines with a score of 3:0.
This is a match that we all have been waiting for and making predictions is indeed a tough task. Both teams will do whatever it takes to claim the title. Brazil should defend the title they won in 2019 and Argentina in its turn should recover from the losses in the finals. I suggest the following tips for this match:
- Argentina to Win or Draw;
- Over 2.5 Goals.
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Argentina to Win or Draw
Lionel Scaloni notably changed Argentina’s playing style. The former player knows how to use players effectively and Argentina’s defensive capabilities have improved greatly under Scaloni. They will wait for the chances and with Messi in the offense, even a single mistake could cost Brazil the whole tournament. I think that Argentina will at least claim a draw against Brazil and Leo Messi will be hugely motivated. This is a match of prestige for both sides and I believe that Argentina will finally become the champions.
I expect that both teams will score goals against each other. It is a final, there is no extra time and the match will move directly to penalties if the score is draw. Both of these sides should avoid penalties. They will score against each other and we will not see a closed game with few scoring chances. The first goal will decide a lot of things especially if it is scored in the initial minutes of the match. BTTS bet has really good odds and I think it should be considered by punters in their betslip.
Over 2.5 Goals
The same concept as with BTTS. I think there will be goals in this match and fans will see a real show on the field. When there are Messi and Neymar against each other we should anticipate a match with a lot of goals. Scoring one goal and holding the advantage till the last minutes of the match will not be an option, because it is a final and doing such a thing will be difficult for the whole match.
Will Messi Finally Claim the Title?
Messy has been criticized frequently because of his performance with the national team and it is difficult not to agree with them. The Argentine magician has already been in the final 3 times, losing to Chile twice and once to Brazil. His best achievement is reaching the final in 2014 at the World Cup but still, Messi remains without a national title. He has already become the most capped player in Argentina with 148 matches, surpassing Javier Mascherano at this tournament. I do not think there will be a better chance for him, because Messi is already entering the twilight years of his career – he is not as prolific as he was before so I suppose that this is the moment for Leo to finally prove himself at the national team level.