Even Brazil’s Neymar says he needs Lionel Messi and Argentina within the ultimate.
The Copa America championship recreation that everybody needs to see on Saturday, July 10 between Brazil and Argentina is only one recreation away from changing into a actuality. Brazil did its half by beating Peru within the semis. Now solely No. 15-ranked Colombia stands in the best way of Argentina, No. 8 on the earth.
Don’t suppose Los Cafeteros don’t hear all of the speak. They’ll be out to spoil the social gathering once they tackle Messi & Co. on Tuesday on the Estadio Mané Garrincha in Brasilia. They usually have the resume to tug off the upset.
Colombia beat Argentina, 2-0, within the group stage of the final Copa America in 2019. And the Colombians got here from 2-0 right down to tie Argentina in a World Cup qualifier in June. Head coach Reinaldo Rueda has instilled perception and a quiet confidence in a crew filled with achieved professionals, a lot of whom additionally play in Europe’s high leagues, and who won’t be intimidated by the event or by Argentina.
Rueda opts for a defense-first strategy. So it’s no shock that targets have been a problem for Colombia, which is lacking the creativity of Everton star James Rodriguez, who didn’t make the ultimate squad. In the meantime, Argentina will counter with a large number of attacking riches led by Messi, who has had a productive Copa America with 4 targets and 4 assists.
However what Messi (beneath) needs greater than something is to win the Copa America and declare his first piece of silverware with Argentina’s senior males’s crew. If the Argentines can advance, it could be a 3rd Copa America ultimate in six years towards their arch nemesis Brazil … in Brazil. A primary trophy towards that backdrop would go down as one in all Messi’s biggest profession accomplishments.
The best way to watch Argentina vs. Colombia in USA
- Date: Tues, July 6
- Time: 9 pm ET
- TV channel: FS1
- Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN
- Streaming: fuboTV, TUDN.television
FS1 will carry the Argentina-Colombia semifinal in English, with Univision and TUDN offering Spanish-language protection. Each networks can be found to stream on fuboTV (free 7-day trial).
Colombia is making an attempt to make its first Copa America ultimate since 2001, the identical yr it received its solely continental title. Since that Colombia triumph, Argentina has made it to the Copa America ultimate in 4 of the six editions, dropping each. Its final trophy hoist dates again to 1993.
Argentina vs. Colombia projected lineups
Though he admits he has some drained gamers carrying knocks, Argentine head coach Lionel Scaloni revealed that the crew that can play Colombia received’t look a lot totally different from the one which beat Ecuador 3-0 within the quarterfinals.
The one actual query is whether or not Guido Rodriguez will begin over Leandro Paredes in central midfield. It’s already confirmed that middle again Cristian “Cuti” Romero will once more miss out because of damage, with German Pezzella holding down his spot. In the event that they’re on the lookout for an attacking spark, Papu Gomez and Angel Di Maria will probably be accessible off the bench.
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Colombia will get a lift with the return of their greatest participant, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, who’s again after serving a one-game suspension. The large lineup resolution for Los Cafeteros is about who performs at ahead. With simply two targets within the run of play over 5 matches, extra manufacturing is predicted from what’s a proficient entrance line.
Rueda will doubtless go for the Duvan Zapata-Luis Muriel duo, which options for Italian membership Atalanta. Or he might introduce Rafael Santos Borre, who formally moved to German facet Eintracht Frankfurt on Monday. The hard-working Miguel Borja, who at the moment plies his commerce within the Colombian league, is an alternative choice, although he is perhaps most popular off the bench.
Argentina (4-3-3, left to proper): Emiliano Martínez-GK – Marcos Acuna, Nicolas Otamendi, German Pezzella, Nahuel Molina – Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul – Nicolas Gonzalez, Lautaro Martínez, Lionel Messi
Colombia (4-4-2, left to proper): David Ospina-GK – William Tesillo, Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina, Daniel Munoz – Luis Diaz, Gustavo Cuellar, Wilmar Barrios, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado – Duvan Zapata, Luis Muriel
Argentina vs. Colombia: Odds & prediction
So what sort of semifinal can we count on? Colombia has already stated that it’ll search to play an orderly recreation, management the tempo of play and make the fewest errors attainable. Translation: Colombia will play in a cautious, defensive stance, frustrate the Argentines after which hope to attain on a breakaway or a set piece.
Argentina is a high-pressing crew with gamers that can combat for each ball and go into each problem. The Argentines will attempt to trigger turnovers and win the ball as excessive up the sphere as attainable. And as soon as they do, they’ll go vertical, straight at aim, and at velocity. And in Messi and ahead Lautaro Martinez, they’ve the gamers to execute that plan. They’re additionally harmful on set items.
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It’s an id that has made Argentina laborious to beat — they’re undefeated in 18 matches (11-0-7) since a loss within the 2019 Copa America semifinal towards Brazil — nevertheless it additionally means the Argentines are usually not blowing groups away, and the quarterfinal towards Ecuador was lots nearer than the ultimate rating (3-0) would have you ever consider.
Anticipate this elimination match to be a grind: Argentina making an attempt to chip and claw its approach via the Colombian low block, or trying to attract the Colombians out of their stance. And grinds are usually slower, low-scoring affairs except an early aim one way or the other opens issues up. All 5 of Colombia’s matches have been one-goal video games or 0-0 attracts.
Low aim totals, tight margins of victory and Argentina is the best way to play this one. Argentina has the difference-maker in Messi. And the script that performed out for Neymar and Brazil towards Peru — Neymar’s magic arrange Brazil’s decisive aim in a 1-0 win — will doubtless play out right here, too.
Prediction: Argentina 1, Colombia 0
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
- Argentina to win (90 minutes): -120
- Argentina to advance: -265
- Draw (90 minutes): +230
- Colombia to win (90 minutes): +390
- Colombia to advance: +210
- Argentina to attain first and win the match: -103
- Argentina -0.75 Asian Handicap: +107
- Argentina to attain from a penalty: +500
- Below 1.5 whole targets: +170
- Colombia Below 0.5 targets scored: +108