Argentina vs. Brazil
July 10, 2021 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 +150, Under 2.5 -188
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Argentina and Brazil are clashing at Estadio do Maracana in the finals of the Copa America 2021 in the iconic South American matchup. Argentina has been playing well, they have scored a ton of goals so far in this tournament, and Messi is playing fantastic soccer. Brazil is the host of this tournament, but they haven’t been at their best level in their last couple of games.
Argentina is on a 5-game winning streak, and they have scored 10 goals during this streak while conceding only 2 goals. Argentina has improved their defense a lot in this tournament, and they will certainly need it in this game. Messi is the leading goalscorer for Argentina with 4 goals, and he also added a few assists. Martinez has added 3 goals, while Gomez has scored 2 times. Argentina was playing against Colombia in their semifinals game, and they have had 50% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and 85% of the correct passes. After scoring the leading goal, Argentina has had a few more good chances, but they failed to score a second one, and this game has gone to the penalty shootout. Argentina has scored 3 goals in this shootout, while their goalkeeper saved 3 penalty kicks from Colombia. Argentina has won this match after the penalty shootout. Argentina is in good form, Messi is playing great, he has a great support player, and I think this might be the year when Messi wins his first senior trophy with Argentina.
Brazil is also undefeated in this tournament, and they have been undefeated for a while now, but Brazil has scored only 1 goal in each of their last 3 games. In their last game against Peru, Brazil has had 56% of ball possession, 8 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and a decent 84% of the correct passes. Brazil has scored a goal in the 35th minute, and they have had a few more good chances, but they weren’t able to score another goal. Luckily for Brazil, Peru wasn’t good enough in the attacking end, and Brazil was solid defensively. The final score of this match was 1-0 in favor of Brazil. Neymar and Paqueta are the leading goalscorers for Brazil with 2 goals each. As I’ve mentioned earlier, Brazil hasn’t been playing their best soccer in the attacking end lately, but with players they have, you can never know what will happen. Brazil is a good team, they have a great defense, and they have a lot of depth. It would be nice for Brazil to win this tournament at home, but they will need to play their best game yet in this tournament.
Brazil hasn’t lost in their last 13 games, while Argentina hasn’t lost any of their last 19 games. Argentina is also on a 5-game winning streak. This is a classic matchup, the biggest derby in South America, and I think it will be a good one. I think Argentina is playing the better soccer right now, and I think Messi will be the key in this game. I’m taking Argentina to lift the trophy.