The third 2015 Copa America quarterfinal clash will kick off on Friday, June 26 when powerhouse Argentina takes on a solid side from Colombia at the Estadio Sausalito in Chile. The winners will earn a spot in the tournament’s final four. If the match ends in a draw it will go to directly to a penalty shootout to decide a winner rather than 30 minutes of extra time. This contests will feature two of the best strikers in the world as Argentina’s Lionel Messi will be facing Colombia’s James Rodriguez. In addition, Argentina is ranked number three in the world at the moment while Colombia occupies fourth place.
Copa America Soccer Betting Preview: Argentina vs Colombia
- bet365 lists Argentina as the current favorites to win the game at 10/11 with Colombia 7/2 and a 90-minute draw at 23/10.
Argentina is desperately gunning for a win at this event since they haven’t won a major tournament in 22 years now. With the 27-year-old Messi of Spain’s Barcelona leading the way many fans and experts believe that drought can be snapped this summer at the Copa America. He’ll be helped out in the attack by striker Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and winger Angel Di Maria of Manchester United. Aguero sustained a shoulder injury in the group stage, but should be back in time for this clash.
Colombia’s attack dried up during the group stage as they found the back of the net just once, which was in their 1-0 upset win over Brazil. They also lost 1-0 to Venezuela and drew 0-0 with Peru to reach four points and advance as the third-place team in Group C. So while Colombia has scored just one goal they’ve also conceded only once. Argentina will need to work hard to break down the tight Colombian defense. They’ve managed to do just that in their past four encounters with Colombia as they’ve beaten them twice and drawn them twice. Colombia’s last triumph over Argentina came back in 2007. Overall, these two teams have met 35 times with Colombia winning just eight times. They’ve drawn another six and have lost 21.
The Argentine squad won Group B this year with a pair of wins and a draw under new manager Gerardo Martino. They doubled their opponents on the scoreboard by scoring four goals and allowing two. They drew 2-2 with Paraguay after blowing a 2-0 lead, then downed reigning Copa American champions Uruguay 1-0 and beat Jamaica by the same score. Manager Jose Pekerman is in his third season with Colombia and is anxious for his squad to finally topple Argentina once again. To do so they’ll need to keep playing well defensively, but will have to create some more scoring chances at the other end of the pitch. They’ll also need to keep close tabs on Messi and Aguero.
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