Argentina squares off with Uruguay in a Group A Copa America match. Both teams are heavyweights in the South American soccer season. Uruguay will be playing its maiden game in this year’s tournament, while Argentina will be trying to find its feet after a 1-1 draw to Chile in its opening fixture.
Argentina is a 14-time Copa America champion, though it last clinched the cup in 1993.
The team is coming off a slew of draws, having drawn in four out of its last five matches with its lone win during that period coming in a 3-0 victory against Paraguay. Argentina has also failed to keep a clean sheet in 7 out of its last 10 matches, so Lionel Scaloni’s men will have to look to tighten up the defense. La Albiceleste will also need to diversify its attacking options as it seems to be over-relying on the star power of Lionel Messi. Scaloni will also need to involve Aguero and Di Maria, who are tried and tested
Uruguay is a more recent Copa America winner, having eliminated Argentina on its way to victory in the 2011 edition. Uruguay is coming from a run of mixed fortunes with 4 wins, and 4 draws in its last 10 matches. The team’s last win was a 3-0 victory against Colombia in a world cup qualifying match in November 2020. Oscar Tabarez is expected to have the full squad to choose from with no key players out with injuries. Luis Suarez, fresh from clinching the La Liga title with Athletico Madrid, is expected to feature for La Celeste. Another key player is Edinson Cavani, who has been in scintillating form for Manchester United this past season.
Argentina has won 11 out of the last 18 matches against Uruguay. More recently, Argentina has won two and drawn two of its last four matches against Uruguay. Bookmakers are leaning toward a win for Argentina, with betting firm bet365 offering 11/10 for Argentina to win. They are also offering 5/2 odds for Uruguay to win and similar odds for a draw.
Argentina vs. Uruguay
What: Copa America, Argentina vs. Uruguay
When: 1 p.m. June 19, 2021
Where: Estadio Nacional de Brasilia
Odds (via FanDuel)
Moneyline: Argentina: (+100); Uruguay: (+250); DRAW: (+220)
Spread: Argentina: -1 (+320); Uruguay: +1 (-140)
Total: 2.5 – Over: (+116); Under: (-164)
Team to Score the First Goal: Argentina: (-150); Uruguay: (+150); NO GOALS: (+700)
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