Copa America: The night of the big final between Argentina and Brazil
The highly anticipated final between Messi's Argentina and Neymar's Brazil will be played tonight at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. A final scheduled by the bookmakers as the most likely at the start of the 2021 Copa America.
Favorite hosts but in a match like this anything is possible.
Let's see together how the two teams arrive at this final...
Argentina is the second most successful team in South America with 14 wins (one less than Uruguay) but comes from 4 consecutive lost finals in the last 6 editions.
The team arrives at this appointment with 19 consecutive useful results.
The last defeat dates back to the 2-0 defeat against Brazil in the Copa America 2019, in the semifinal. After a 1-1 draw in their debut match against Chile, Scaloni's team settled first Uruguay and then Paraguay 1-0 and easily defeated Bolivia 4-1.
In the quarter-finals a soft 3-0 win against Ecuador while in the semifinals penalties were needed to eliminate Colombia after 1-1 in the 120 minutes. Leo Messi with 4 goals is the top scorer of the event.
On the hunt for the tenth continental title, Brazil is looking for an encore after winning the 2019 final against Peru.
However, the historical record against Argentina in Copa America is not the best: in the 9 finals against the albiceleste, Selecao have won only twice.
On the other hand, the count in all the events with 19 wins for Brazil, 8 defeats and 7 draws. There are 13 useful results in a row for Tite's boys who have not lost since November 2019 against Argentina in a friendly. Group stage easily passed by Neymar and his associates: 3-0 to Venezuela, 4-0 to Peru, 2-1 to Colombia and 1-1 draw against Ecuador with qualification already acquired. Measured successes instead in the knockout phase with the double 1-0 over Chile and Peru.
ARGENTINA (4-3-3): Dibu Martinez; Molina, Romero, Acuna; De Paul, Rodriguez, Paredes; Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Di Maria. Coach.: Lionel Scaloni.
BRAZIL (4-3-3): Ederson; Danilo, Marquinos, Thiago Silva, Renan Lodi; Paquetà, Casemiro, Fred; Everton, Richarlison, Neymar. Coach: Tite.
BETS ON ARGENTINA - BRAZIL
Brazil starts as the favorite in the Bookmakers odds for the 90 minutes, also thanks to the home factor even if the Maracana will only be open to 6500 fans due to the restriction due to the covid pandemic. The sign 1 is worth 3.80 against the 2.15 of the 2 and the 2.95 of the X which would lead the teams to extra time. In line with the 4 under 2.5 in a row in the last 4 head-to-head matches between these two national teams, the quotes are expecting few goals and in fact the under is favored at 1.43. At the moment the most probable exact result is 0-1 on the blackboard at 5.85.
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