The Final showdown of the 2015 Copa America tournament in Chile is scheduled for this Saturday July 4 with the host nation taking on Argentina in the Chilean capital of Santiago. If the match should happen to end in a draw it will go directly 30 minutes of extra time and then a penalty shootout if it’s still tied.
Copa America Final Betting Preview – Chile vs Argentina
- bet365 lists Argentina as the current favorites to win the game at 11/10 with Chile 14/5 and a 90-minute draw at 5/2
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 captain 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 in the group stage 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 beating their opponents in a penalty shootout. The game had ended 0-0 in regulation time. Their next opponent was Paraguay in the semifinal and Argentina ran rampant over them with a thoroughly convincing 6-1 beating.
Chile will be aiming to win a major tournament for the first time ever in the team’s history while Argentina’s drought has lasted just over two decades. Historically, the two nations don’t really get along since they’ve gone through several diplomatic and territorial disputes. But politics should be thrown out the window on Saturday when these two arch rivals get together for the highly-charged event. Chile went through the group stage by beating Ecuador 2-0 in their opening encounter. Their next contest was an exciting 3-3 draw against Mexico and they wrapped up their third game with a 5-0 hammering of Bolivia. This gave them seven points and was good enough for first place in Group A.
They then had to face defending Copa America champions Uruguay in their quarterfinal clash and came away with a 1-0 win. Next up was Peru, and Chile edged them 2-1 to reach the Final. Chile is the highest scoring team in the tournament up to now with 13 goals and boasts some world-class players in midfielder Arturo Vidal of Italian Serie A side Juventus, forward Alexis Sanchez of English Premier League club Arsenal, and Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. However, manager Jorge Sampaoli, who hails from Argentina, will have to do without the services of defender Gonzalo Jara after he was caught by the cameras when he poked forward Edinson Cavani of Uruguay in the rear end with his finger during Chile’s quarterfinal win. Jara was booted out of the event with a three-game ban.
History hasn’t been kind to Chile in this matchup as they’ve met Argentina a total of 85 times in the past and have managed to win just six games. They’ve lost 57 and drawn the other 22. Their last win over the Argentines came back in 2008. That victory snapped a winless streak for them against Argentina since 1973.
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