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Its been a bit of a nightmare for Argentina in the 2019 Copa America tournament. No one could have predicted that they would finish five points behind Colombia after winning just one of their three group games. But here they are in the quarter-finals as they take on Venezuela who are yet to lose in this tournament.
The draw for the knock-out stages of the 2019 Copa America tournament has been turned upside-down. Everything was geared for a possible Brazil v Argentina final but all those plans have been changed. That’s because Argentina’s form in the group stages was as unpredictable as it comes. All of which explains why Argentina are out to 11/2 (6.5) at Betfred to win the Copa America title.
Argentina were up against Colombia, Paraguay and Qatar and fully expected to win their group. Then they began their campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Colombia. Two goals in the last 18 minutes saw them slump to defeat.
More problems arose in their second game as they went 1-0 down to Paraguay. That’s the Paraguay who had failed to beat Qatar in their opening match. It took a second-half Lionel Messi penalty to earn them their first point of the tournament. You can get odds of 19/20 (1.95) on the Barcelona striker scoring in this match. It’s 14/5 (2.8) that he gets the first goal.
With just one point from two games, Argentina were delighted that their final game was against Qatar. Lautaro Martinez gave them the early lead they had dreamed of getting, scoring in the fourth minute. Argentina had to wait until the 82nd minute to calm their nerves for the second goal. Sergio Aguero got the goal and with Paraguay losing to Colombia, Argentina finished second in the group to qualify.
Now they take on Venezuela and you can get odds of 4/7 (1.56) at BoyleSports to get the win. The problem with that is the fact they will have to take on the winners of the Brazil and Paraguay quarter-final.
Venezuela are 50/1 (51.0) at BetVictor to win this tournament. With the likely task of having to beat Argentina and Brazil just to get to the final, those are understandable odds. Then again, they have already faced Brazil in the group stages and in this unpredictable tournament managed to get a goaless draw.
That was their second of the group after opening with a 0-0 stalemate with Peru. If you think this game with Argentina will finish goalless, the odds are 17/2 (9.5) at Coral. It’s 3/1 (4.0) that the game will end all-square. After two 0-0 draws, Venezuela needed to win their last game and did so with a 3-1 win over Bolivia to finish second behind Brazil.
Argentina have won 21 of their 26 previous matches against Venezuela. However, they have failed to win any of the last three with two draws and a defeat in March of this year. Venezuela are 6/1 (7.0) with Betfred to get the win in this game.
There are no major injury problems coming into this game.
High Scoring Affair Likely
The last five games played between these two countries have seen over 2.5 goals scored in them. If you go to Ladbrokes, they will give you odds of 1/1 (2.0) on that happening in this match.
An Early Goal?
Argentina scored after just four minutes in their win over Qatar. Venezuela managed to get on the scoresheet even earlier against Bolivia with a second minute strike. It’s 7/2 (4.5) that the first goal in this game is scored between the kick-off and the 10th minute.
Argentina eventually found some form and made it through to the knock-out stages. Confidence may not be too high at present but they still have Messi and Aguero. Venezuela have only two wins in their last seven games and the odds on Argentina winning this match with over 1.5 goals scored are 10/11 (1.91) at Paddy Power.