Copa América: Argentina vs. Colombia betting preview
Favourites Argentina will face Colombia in their Copa América quarter-final tie, with neither side having hit the heights expected of them pre-tournament so far.
La Albiceleste are likely to start with Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi supporting Sergio Agüero up front, anchored by Javier Mascherano in midfield.
Real Madrid star James Rodriguez will be tasked with creating chances for Falcao in attack for the Colombians, with Juan Cuadrado, underwhelming for Chelsea, aiming to trouble Marcos Rojo from his favoured right wing berth.
Argentina possess incredible riches in the final third, with manager and former Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino able to call on the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero and Gonzalo Higuain. Yet none of the side’s much-vaunted attacking talents have been all that impressive, as captain Messi has scored only one goal, a spot-kick against Paraguay.
José Pékerman’s Colombia have suffered from similar impotency in attacking areas. Colombia’s fans have been increasingly calling for Radamel Falcao to be dropped to the bench, with the number nine still struggling to arrest a slide in form and confidence that dates back to knee ligament damage sustained in January 2014. Wingers James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado also courted controversy against Peru for scuffles with Luis Advíncula and Christian Cueva.
Argentina are clear favourites to dump out a stuttering Colombia, and are priced at 11/10 to progress with Bet365 at the expense of a side they have beaten eight times in their last 13 meetings. A dour 0-0 draw marked the sides’ last encounter in the Copa América four years ago, and fans will be hoping a repeat, priced at 7/1 by Betway and Betvictor, will be out of the equation if both teams can find their feet in attack.
If Argentina can get their attacking players to whir into life, then SkyBet’s price of 9/2 for a winning margin of two goals or more could be worth a look.
Lionel Messi is a predictable favourite to score the game’s first goal at a best price of 4/1 with Coral. Liverpool target Carlos Bacca has been prolific for Sevilla in La Liga, scoring twenty league goals in 36 appearances in 2014/15. If Falcao is dropped to the bench to allow Colombia to play a 4-2-3-1 formation, freeing the creative instincts of James Rodriguez, then Betway’s odds of 20/1 for the forward to find the net two or more times do not seem far-fetched.