Bolivia vs. Argentina
June 28, 2021 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -163, Under 2.5 +130
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Bolivia and Argentina are playing at Arena Pantanal in the last round of Group A in the Copa America 2021. Bolivia is in the last place of this group with 0 points, and they have not to chance to advance to the next stage. Argentina has already qualified for the next stage, but they could use a win here to stay at the top of this group and to advance from the top spot.
Bolivia has had a terrible tournament so far, and whatever they do in this game, it won’t have any impact on them. Bolivia has conceded 6 goals in 3 games while scoring only 1 goal. In their last match against Uruguay, Bolivia has had 48% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and 83% of the correct passes. Bolivia has scored an own goal in this match, and they have conceded another goal at the end of the game. Bolivia didn’t stand a chance in this match, and they ended up losing 0-2 and saying goodbye to Copa America. Bolivia is probably the weakest team in South America, and there is no light on the horizon for Bolivia, at least not right now.
Argentina hasn’t been doing well as I thought they will in the attacking end, and they have scored only 3 goals in 3 games so far in this tournament. Argentina is at the top of this group with 7 points, and only 1 conceded goal. Gomez, Messi, and Rodriguez have each scored 1 goal for Argentina so far. In their last match against Paraguay, Argentina has had 43% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, and 85% of the correct passes. After getting ahead in the 10th minute, Argentina was mostly focusing on counterattacks, and even though they failed to score, Argentina has won this match 1-0. I think there will be a few changes in the starting lineup for Argentina to give rest to some players, and there is no need for Argentina to force anything as they have already secured their spot in the next stage, and they can secure the top spot in this group even with a few changes. I think Argentina will need to improve offensively a bit more if they want to get to the finals just because their defense is inconsistent, and I think Messi is only warming up.
Bolivia hasn’t won any of their last 4 games, while Argentina hasn’t lost any of their last 16 games. Argentina is the better team, even if they make some changes in their starting lineup, I think they will get a win here easily. Bolivia is done in this tournament, and for that reason, I’m taking Argentina.