Brazil meet Argentina in a titanic encounter with a Copa America final place at stake. The South American heavyweights have reached this stage in contrasting fashion, with the Seleção coasting through the group phase before triumphing on penalties against Venezuela. Meanwhile, La Albiceleste were fortunate to get to the knock-outs after underwhelming in their opening three fixtures.
Where and when: Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, Belo Horizonte – 3 July, kick-off 01:30
Where you can see Brazil vs. Argentina: Premier Sports
Last time: Joao Miranda got the only goal of the game when the countries met in October 2018. The defender netted in injury time in a typically fiesty clash.
|Sergio Aguero to score anytime||7/2||Offer|
|Over 3.5 goals||3/1||Offer|
|Brazil to win 2-1||15/2||Offer|
Brazil vs. Argentina Predictions and Preview
After 360 minutes of action, Brazil have still yet to concede but Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and company are in for their biggest test with Lionel Messi, Aguero and Lautaro Martinez gunning for glory.
Tite’s defence and base midfield picks itself but the tactician could freshen things up in the front four positions with David Neres and Richarlison coming under threat. Neres shot to prominence with club side Ajax but was substituted in the eventual triumph against Paraguay and also failed to complete the match against Bolivia.
Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus, who was the hero in the shootout, is in contention, alongside Everton Soares and it was the Gremio ace who injected much needed tempo in the quarter-final. Everton is 16/5 to register anytime while the Seleção are 10/11 to emerge victorious within regulation time. The eight-time Copa America winners are 4/11 to qualify outright.
Opponents Argentina toppled Venezuela 2-0 in the last eight courtesy of Martinez and Giovani Lo Celso. Boss Lionel Scaloni has opted with a three-pronged attack and it is the Inter forward who continues to justify his selection.
Martinez was entrusted with the striking role with Inter towards the end of the season and will be vital once more in Belo Horizonte. Martinez is 10/1 to add to his tally of two goals and open the scoring, while La Albiceleste are 4/1 to win in 90 minutes and 2/1 to secure bragging rights on the night. Both teams to score, which should be a given, is 11/10.
One to watch for Brazil: Philippe Coutinho has adopted the mantle of talisman in the absence of Neymar and is 13/2 to score first.
One to watch for Argentina: Messi has won everything at club level but the search goes on for glory with his country. The Barcelona superstar is 18/1 to hit two or more.
Long shot: La Albiceleste have largely flattered to deceive, but remain in contention, and appear to have finally stumbled on a functioning and settled line-up. Scaloni will of course be relying on his number 10 but Brazil should be wary of the other threats in the squad. An Argentina 1-0 success is 9/1.