Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. They’re just a sample of what awaits us in the second fixture of the 2021 edition of the Copa America. Argentina will collide with Uruguay in a match that could be vital in order to win Group B, where they’ll also face Bolivia, Chile and Paraguay.
Let’s take a look at the latest team and player news, stats, injury reports and the 2021 Copa America Odds for Paraguay vs Bolivia while making some predictions.
Game: Argentina vs Uruguay
Location: Mane Garrincha Stadium, Brasilia, Brazil
Time: Friday, June 18, 8 p.m. ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
Copa America Betting Lines
|Argentina||-½ +110||+110||2½ -105o|
|Uruguay||+½ -140||+240||2½ -130u|
Head to Head
- Competitive Matches: 196
- Argentina Victories: 90 (318 goals)
- Uruguay Victories: 58 (231 goals)
- Draws: 48
The history between Argentina and Uruguay is extremely long, so we are going to focus on their last five clashes. Their last meeting was a real battle that ended 2-2. Messi and Aguero scored for Argentina, while Suarez and Cavani scored for Uruguay.
Their last meeting at Copa America was in 2015. Argentina won 1-0 thanks to another goal from Aguero, who recently signed with Barcelona. The last time Uruguay defeated Argentina was in 2013 on the road to the 2014 World Cup, winning 3-2 with Suarez and Cavani as their saviors once again.
Why Bet on Argentina?
If you want to have a good idea about Argentina, or any South American national team, just take a look at the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. Argentina remains undefeated thanks to a 3-3-0 record after draws in their last two games against Chile and Colombia.
After debuting in the Copa America against Chile, the pressure will be off Argentina, especially from the shoulders of Messi, who could be playing his last continental tournament.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s going to be a tough match for Argentina, as the sports betting lines hint, but I do think it’s better for them to face Uruguay in the second fixture because they’re going to have more time to correct their mistakes prior to facing one of the most dangerous attacking duos in the world.
Argentina’s depth could make the difference here because head coach Lionel Scaloni could make some changes to give some players a little rest. Still, the team would remain very competitive, especially on the offensive side, where he has plenty of options from which to choose.
Defensively, Cristian Romero has become the leader of a unit that allowed one goal per game in the first five World Cup qualifiers.
Their expected lineup is Damian Martinez, Juan Foyth, Lucas Martinez, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Tagliafico, Lucas Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul, Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martinez.
Argentina is trying to win the Copa America for the first time since 1993. They finished as the runners-up in two of the last three editions.
Why Bet on Uruguay?
This will be Uruguay’s debut in the 2021 Copa America, which means they’ll be more rested to face Messi & Co., and any slight advantage to facing one of the best players in the world is always welcome.
Uruguay won just one of their last four 2022 World Cup qualifiers games, including 0-0 draws vs Paraguay and Venezuela in their last two. To be fair, Cavani wasn’t able to play and they really missed him. They sit in fourth place with eight points and have seven goals for and seven goals against.
With Suarez and Cavani on the field, Uruguay can drive any defense crazy, and with Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez on defense, they could finish with a clean sheet against any team, including Argentina. Gimenez (Atletico Madrid) faces Messi (Barcelona) twice a year in La Liga, while Godin faced him a lot when playing for Atletico Madrid between 2010 and 2019.
Their expected lineup is Fernando Muslera, Martin Caceres, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Giovanni Gonzalez, Matias Vecino, Federico Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur, Matias Vina, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez.
Uruguay last won the Copa America in 2011. They’re looking to win their 16th continental title overall.
Final Analysis, Predictions
If there’s something we can expect from these teams, it’s goals. Also, a fast-paced, back-and-forth battle. Two of their last five meetings went over 2½ goals, but at least one of them finished with the sheet clean in the other three.
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Score Prediction: Argentina 1, Uruguay 1