The semifinal stage of the 2015 Copa America down in Chile continues on Tuesday, June 30 with Argentina clashing with Paraguay in the second contest at the Estadio Municipal Alcaldesa Ester Roa Rebolledo in the city of Concepcion. If the match ends in a draw it will go directly to a penalty shootout to decide a winner rather than 30 minutes of extra time. The winner of the contest will play either host nation Chile or Peru in the Final on Saturday, July 4.
Argentina vs Paraguay Copa America Betting Preview
- bet365 lists Argentina as the current favorites to win the game at 1/2 with Paraguay 6/1 and a 90-minute draw at 3/1.
Paraguay is now managed by newcomer Ramon Diaz and they pulled off a 2-2 draw against Argentina, beat Jamaica and also drew with reigning Copa America champions Uruguay to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. They finished Group B play with five points and went undefeated to finish as group runners up. They also finished group play with four goals scored and three conceded. They then went on to knockout Brazil 4-3 in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals after the game ended 1-1 in regulation time. The Paraguayans have won this tournament twice before, but these triumphs came was back in 1953 and again in 1979.
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 Lionel 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. 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. They then squared off against Colombia in their quarterfinal outing and came out on the right side of a 5-4 decision after also beating their opponents in a penalty shootout. The game had ended 0-0 in regulation time.
Argentina and Paraguay faced off in the group stage with Argentina blowing a 2-0 lead and Paraguay earning a 2-2 draw on a late goal by Lucas Barrios. Argentina had managed to win the three previous outings against Paraguay. Overall, the two sides have met a total of 103 times with Argentina winning 58 of them. Paraguay has won just 15 times and the other 30 ended in draws. Argentina goes into this game with four goals scored and two allowed in their four matches while Paraguay has scored five and conceded four.
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