This year its a special edition celebrating the 100 years of the Copa America including teams from both South America (10) and North America (6) and being played on North American shores for the first time.
Argentina got to flex their muscles in the last game against Panama where despite leading 1-0 for 60 minutes, they always looked under control. Then ‘The Best Player in the World’ came on and took over. He netted a 19 minute hat-trick and was instrumental in dictating the pace of the game, to eventually see Argentina win this game 5-0. They will be looking to continue with that performance while rotating their forwards and midfielders. Messi should probably have a start in this game with Aguero and that will move Higuain to the bench, with probably Pastore/Lavezzi making way for Di Maria to have a rest in this one. The firepower of Argentina is extremely rich for all to see, and I think they will have it all their way taking on a Bolivia squad who is already eliminated from the tournament.
Bolivia have already crashed out thanks to 2-1 losses against Chile and Panama and will look at this game as a chance to rotate the squad and give other players a chance to play a game in this dead rubber. The team has managed to find the back of the net through some crazy moments and drew both those games at 1-1; but ultimately conceded goal extremely late on, which saw them lose those games. The team has no major firepower to rely on and that has seen them now lose 6 games on the trot. Their record against Argentina isn’t good with their last game taking place in March where they lost 2-0. Prior to that they got smashed 7-0 and 5-0 in 2 friendlies that took place last year.
Argentina should have too much firepower in the tank and look like they will aim to beat the Bolivians again and I expect Argentina to win by at least a 2 goal margin and possibly even more if they are in the mood. I am backing Argentina -2 on the Asian Handicap markets to beat Bolivia.
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