Yes, the Copa America begins on June 13, but not so fast because first all 10 CONMEBOL teams must complete another fixture of the qualifiers toward the 2022 World Cup. All games are scheduled for Tuesday and none looks more interesting than Colombia vs Argentina.
Colombia hasn’t been able to win two games in a row during the qualifiers, while Argentina comes off a draw and losing could drop them to third place. Let’s take a look at the latest team and player news, stats, injury reports and the 2022 WC Qualifiers Odds for Colombia vs Argentina while making some predictions.
Colombia vs Argentina
Location: Metropolitano Roberto Melendez, Barranquilla, Colombia
Time: Tuesday, 7 p.m. ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
2022 World Cup Qualifiers Betting Lines
|Colombia||Pk Ev||+195||2 -140o||1 -105o/-125u|
|Argentina||Pk -130||+160||2 +110u||1 -125o/-105u|
- Competitive Matches: 37
- Colombia Victories: 9 (36 goals)
- Argentina Victories: 19 (67 goals)
- Draws: 9
The last time they met, Colombia pulled off an upset by defeating Argentina 2-0 in the 2019 Copa America. Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata scored the goals. Argentina visited Colombia for the last time in 2015, on the road to the 2018 World Cup, and won 0-1 thanks to a goal from Lucas Biglia.
Regarding the World Cup qualifiers, Argentina has five straight games without losing against Colombia. In those five games, Argentina scored seven goals and finished with a clean sheet four times.
The last time Colombia defeated Argentina in the qualifiers was in 2008 on the road to South Africa 2010.
Why bet on Colombia?
After losing 6-1 to Ecuador, Colombia returned to the winning column last week with a huge victory in Peru. They won 3-0 behind goals from Yerry Mina, Mateus Uribe and Luis Fernando Diaz. The victory came despite losing Daniel Munoz with 30 minutes left on the clock due to a red card.
Colombia sits in sixth place with seven points thanks to a 2-1-2 record, Paraguay and Uruguay also have seven points, but they own a better goal differential. Colombia has scored nine goals and allowed 11. Only Bolivia and Peru have allowed more goals with 13.
At home, Colombia is 1-0-1, 1-1 against the spread and 2-0 over/under. Colombia owns one of the most explosive attacking duos in Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel, who know each other very well as both play for Atalanta in the Italian Serie A. Without James Rodriguez on the team, Colombia has adopted a more direct style, benefiting fast and skilled players like Zupata and Muriel.
Defensively, Mina and Davidson Sanchez (center backs) are used to facing superstars like Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez and Angel Di Maria, as both play in the English Premier League and UEFA competitions.
As we already mentioned, Munoz is out due to suspension while William Tesillo remains questionable due to injury. Their expected lineup is David Ospina, Stefan Medina, Yerry Mina, Davidson Sanchez, Yairo Moreno, Juan Cuadrado, Gustavo Cuellar, Mateus Uribe, Luis Diaz, Luis Muriel and Duvan Zapata.
Why Bet on Argentina?
Argentina remains unbeaten with a 3-2-0 record, good enough for second place with 11 points, four less than Brazil, the only team that has won all their games. Curiously, both draws were at home, which means Argentina usually plays better on the road.
They’ve scored seven goals, fifth best among 10 teams, but they own the second-best defensive record after allowing just three goals in five games. Their last game against Chile finished 1-1, and manager Lionel Scaloni debuted several players, including defender Cristian Romero, who plays for Atalanta and knows Zapata and Muriel very well.
“I think the team played a good game and continues to grow, which is important. I didn’t know many of my teammates, but they made me feel like one more on the team. This has to be the way to continue to grow. I’m happy with the way the group received me, for how they made me feel on the pitch and every day,” said Romero after the game against Chile.
Argentina is 2-0-0 when playing on the road, 1-0-1 against the spread and 1-1 over/under. With Lionel Messi on board, Argentina will always be a striking sports betting option, but he can’t do all alone.
No major injuries to report here. Their expected lineup is Damian Martinez, Juan Foyth, Lucas Martinez, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Tagliafico, Lucas Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul, Angel Di Maria, Lucas Ocampos, Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martinez.
Final Analysis, Predictions
Colombia failed to score in seven of its last 10 games against Argentina, but its victory against Peru proved they’re a very well-balanced team, and they’ve shown their best when playing at home. Argentina needs a little more time to generate more team chemistry, but individual talent should be enough to put up a fight.
Don’t forget to check the Soccer Props to increase your winning chances by predicting the correct score, half time/full time winner, and more. Also, head over the Copa America Betting Lines and mix things up a little.