- Venue: Arena Fonte Nova
- Saturday: June 15th 23:00
- Referee: Tobar Vargas
This is the ultimate derby of the first round at Copa America tournament. Two old rivals are searching for a win at the opener, which will boost the morale of the crew before other challenges. Both Argentina and Colombia want to make a notable result, as they have enough quality, and resources to do so. Judging by the latest results, it seems that their form is at a high level, which will no doubt make this event even more enjoyable.
The Argentinians are coming with all of their biggest stars including Leo Messi, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, Paulo Dybala, etc. But what is still a problem for this crew is the imbalance between the attacking and defensive part of the lineup. Coach Lionel Scaloni will have a tough time creating chemistry and tactics which will make this team work properly. However, the individual quality of this team could explode at any moment, and Argentina can demolish any side on the planet by three or more goals difference. Remember that they have Messi. Because of that, Maradona’s successors are always among the favourites.
The Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz has a strong and potent team at his disposal. All the leading players like James, Cuadrado, Falcao, Muriel are experienced enough to know how to behave at these tournaments. Colombia was always near producing some big result, but it seems that they constantly ran out of luck when needed the most. The penalties were against them at the last World Cup, although they didn’t deserve to be eliminated by the English team. Since Russia, this team recorded only one loss, and that was on the road against South Korea, and besides, that had 6 wins and a draw. In three of the previous four events, the Cafeteros kept their net intact. They too have much better players up front than in the back line, and it will be interesting to see how they behave under Queiroz who spent just four matches at their bench.
|12.09.18||Colombia 0:0 Argentina||FI|
|16.11.16||Argentina 3:0 Colombia||WC|
|17.11.15||Colombia 0:1 Argentina||WC|
|27.06.15||Argentina 1:0 Colombia||CA|
|08.06.13||Argentina 0:0 Colombia||WC|
The biggest dilemma for Scaloni is how to use all of his attacking weapons, and not to expose the defensive part of the team. Who will start alongside Messi? Dybala, Di Maria, Aguero, or maybe all four of them.
There is no specific information from the Colombian side, which could affect this match in any way.
Since this is the opening match for both sides, and neither of them would like to lose, that means only one thing. The defences will be rock-solid in the first 45 minutes. We utterly doubt that either of these two managers will start the match with some offensive tactics. Knowing Queiroz, Colombia will wait their chance from counterattacks. The same goes for Scaloni. For us betting on a draw at the halftime, is the best possible choice for this match. Odds for this are highest at Bet365, and they will double your investment.
Coming out from the previous analysis, the logical extension would be a low efficiency. If you read our preview carefully, you might notice that recent head-to-head matches of these sides saw just a few goals. And also, the latest respective friendly internationals ended with them keeping clean sheets in the majority of times. Because of that, under 2.5 goals is the second suggestion. William Hill offers the best odds for this one, 4/7.
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