Argentina vs Columbia / Copa America – Right at the beginning of this year’s Copa America we have a very interesting match. Argentina and Columbia are one of best South American teams and they certainly came to Brazil ready to win the title of the continental champion. Both teams were eliminated last year in the round of 16 after which they played number of friendlies. Argentina and Columbia were equally successful in them. They also played a friendly between themselves in September last year and it ended as a goalless draw.
Argentina vs Columbia begins 16.06.2019 at 00:00 CET
The Argentineans are title winners among South American teams but they didn’t win anything for a very long time. They have 14 titles from the Copa America and only Uruguay did better than they. Their problem is that they won the last title a very long time ago, and they have been waiting for the World Champions title even longer. They didn’t do much in Russia last year as they were eliminated in the round of 16 after losing to future champion France. After that Messi decided to withdraw from the national team, but then he changed his mind and how he is the team captain.
Argentina mostly won friendlies played after the World Cup but there were several unexpected defeats, like the one to Venezuela. The Argentineans won last two friendlies; firstly the one played with Morocco by 1-0, and then expectedly and easily Nicaragua by 5-1. Manager Scaloni took the helm in November last year but he too has decided to not invite forward Icardi. Niguain is also not invited, just like Benega, but the most important thing is that Messi is back and that makes them good enough to win the title.
Probable lineups Argentina: Armani – Saravia, Otamendi, Pezzella, Tagliafico – Paredes, G. Rodriguez – Lo Celso, Messi, di Maria – Aguero
Columbia won just one title of South American champion and that happened at the beginning of the 21st century, although they are one of best teams in South American in recent years. The Columbians had problems already in the group phase of last year’s World Cup in Russia but they managed to reach the round of 16 when they lost to the English. Since then the Columbians played eight friendlies and they lost just one, to South Korea 2-1. They also drew only once, right with Argentina, while they won remaining six matches.
Two last tests were with Panama and Peru, and Columbia played well in both of them and it won by identical 3-0. It was expected to win Panama with easy and solid goal difference and they scored all three goals in the first half. All this went with more difficulties in Peru, however, Uribe turned himself into a hero of the match with two scored goals. Fact that Columbia had one player more on the pitch since the beginning of second half has definitely helped. The team was changed a bit compared to match with Panama and perhaps the biggest dilemma that manager Qurioza had was who will play in the top of attack, experienced Falcao or last season excellent D. Zapata from Atalanta, Italy.
Probable lineups Columbia: Ospina – Arias, D. Sanchez, Y. Mina, Tesillo – Cuadrado, Barrios, Uribe – J. Rodriguez, Muriel, Falcao (D. Zapata)
Argentina vs Columbia PICK
Argentina is a favourite to win but Columbia is very much ready to fight back. It is important for both teams to start well and perhaps a draw is acceptable result for both of them, although we are not convinced that Columbia can win.
Pick: Asian handicap 0 Argentina
Odds: 1.61 at betvictor (down to 1.56 can be played)
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