The final matches in the Group C of the Copa America take place tonight and all eyes will be on the Maracanã in Rio when Chile and Uruguay square off in a clash to see who goes through top of the group. Form Labs return with their betting preview and tips for the much-anticipated clash.
Both Sides Already Through
Both these sides have made the knockout rounds already, but Uruguay will be looking for a victory to topple Chile and top the group, thus avoiding Brazil’s half of the draw.
That will be no mean feat though, with La Roja seeking a third straight Copa America triumph and benefiting from a resurgent Alexis Sanchez up front.
He may have suffered these past 18 months at Old Trafford, but after ending a five-month goal drought in Chile’s opener against Japan, he’s since followed it up with another successful effort to further boost his confidence.
However, the Man Utd forward isn’t the only one impressing going forwards for Reinaldo Rueda’s side, with four different goalscorers at this tournament so far, while Bayer Leverkusen’s Charles Aranguiz has gone somewhat under the radar as he’s registered three assists to date.
Uruguay Recent Form
Uruguay don’t lack for firepower either, also chalking up six goals so far with four different scorers themselves, while Ecuador’s Arturo Mina also gave them helping hand with an own goal in their opening match.
The two goals conceded against Japan will be of concern however, even if they did then demonstrate typical tenacity to come from behind twice and rescue a stalemate.
The result may have been underwhelming, though it’s certainly true that the Blue Samurai played an awful lot better than in their first game, while Uruguay reeled off 29 shots in that game as they look dangerous at the sharp end of proceedings.
Chile v Uruguay Betting Tips
Given Chile were also unable to manage a clean sheet in their second game, against what was in truth a poor Ecuador side, both teams to score appears an attractive option.
That goal Chile conceded came from a penalty and there have been quite a few of them so far in Brazil, and referees have been more willing than in the past to blow the whistle when a stray arm is brushed by the ball in the box.
Six of the 16 matches so far have seen a spot kick goal scored, compared with just three penalty goals from 31 matches in 2016, seven from 26 in 2015, while in 2011 there was just the solitary goal via that route from 26 matches. With that in mind, we’ll chance our arm at a goalscorer with Luis Suarez netting in both games so far (once from the spot), while he also scored in their final pre-tournament friendly as he appears to have the bit between his teeth.
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