Sergio Aguero and Lautaro Martinez finally offered Lionel Messi some support in their final Copa America group stage clash against Qatar, however Venezuela will be a different proposition in their quarter-final. Form Labs break down the clash with their betting preview and tips for the game to help you book your Copa America semi-final spot.
Argentina Not At Their Best
Argentina may have made the knockouts but they’ve hardly been impressive and appear way too short at the prices for the win.
After suffering defeat against Colombia in their opener they could easily have succumbed to the same fate in their second match with Paraguay, while it took them until 82 minutes to double their lead and make sure of the win over Copa America debutants Qatar in their final group game.
Having already drawn with favourites Brazil in this tournament, Venezuela will feel they’re well in with a shot at a first semi-final appearance since a fourth-place finish in 2011.
Venezuela Will Fancy Their Chances
Indeed, we pointed out in our outright preview that the Copa America has a history of throwing up surprise semi-finalists, even if they don’t go on to win the competition, and that La Vinotinto were capable of causing an upset at some stage and in particular via stalemates (eight of nine matches across the last three editions of the Copa America that went to extra-time have gone all the way to penalties).
Not much was expected of them having come dead last in World Cup qualifying, but it was noticeable that while they only managed to win two of 18 matches, they picked up more draws (six) than the other four South American sides that failed to make it onto the plane to Russia, who all picked up either two or three throughout the process.
In fact, only one team drew more games en route to the World Cup from South America’s contingent – their opponents here, Argentina.
Argentina v Venezuela Betting Tips
Venezuela have actually shared the spoils in 10 of 19 matches against anyone since June 2017, with six of these finishing 1-1, and should be expected to demonstrate a similar level of performance to Paraguay, who drew 1-1 with Argentina in the group stages.
To put that in context, Venezuela are 33rd according to FIFA’s rankings, while Paraguay are 36th. Venezuela actually beat Argentina 3-1 on Lionel Messi’s return to the international scene in March and given both teams have found the net in each of the past four head-to-head meetings now, with two ending in stalemates and each side winning one apiece, the correct score holds plenty of appeal.
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