Copa America Picks - Semi-Finals

How our soccer expert sees the Copa America Semi-finals
Graham Ruthven
Tue, July 2, 5:52 AM EDT

The 2019 Copa America has moved into the semi finals and there is a standout fixture of the two. The clash between Chile and Peru will be compelling, but it’s the semi final between rivals Brazil and Argentina that will catch the imagination. Who do you fancy to come out on top and make the final? Here are four tips from the semi finals of the Copa America.

Brazil v Argentina

Mineirao, Tuesday July 2

The hosts were a penalty shootout away from crashing out of their own tournament at the quarter final stage. Indeed, Brazil could have very easily exited the Copa America to their bogey team, Paraguay, in the last round. Now, they face an Argentina side struggling to find their feet and their swagger even after disposing of Venezuela.

If Argentina can find a way to harness Lionel Messi, they will stand a chance. However, the Barcelona playmaker has been well below his best at this tournament, turning in an almost anonymous performance in the quarter finals. It was breakout star Lautaro Martinez who dragged his team over the line and into the semi finals instead.

Just one of the previous five meetings between these two rivals has produced more than 2.5 goals. Something under this mark would be a good bet as Brazil have often struggled to find the first goal at this tournament while Argentina cannot be counted on. Brazil are unbeaten in their last 14 matches (winning 11 of them). They have also kept 16 clean sheets in their last 20 games.

2u - Back Under 2.5 Goals @ -156

0.5 - Back Brazil Correct Scoreline 1-0 @ +535

 

Chile v Peru

Arena do Gremio, Wednesday July 3

We all expected this semi final to be a meeting between the defending champions and the country with the most Copa America wins to their name. Chile managed to scrape through their quarter final against Colombia on penalties, but Uruguay fell to a shock defeat to Peru, who are targeting their first Copa America final appearance since 1975.

Of course, Chile are on course for the ‘Threepeat’ having won the last two Copa Americas. They will fancy their chances of getting past Peru. However, Peru won their last game against Chile, thrashing them 3-0 in a friendly last year. That will give them confidence of pulling off another almighty shock.

No draw has been registered in the 16 previous meetings between these two nations. Prior to the friendly loss to Peru last year Chile were on a four-game winning streak against them. Goals might be the order of the day from this fixture, with all of the last five games between Peru and Chile producing over 2.5 goals.

1u - Back Over 2.5 Goals @ +160

0.5 - Back Penalty in Match @ +220

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