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Argentina vs Colombia Prediction:
As mentioned earlier, Argentina had grown in stature, and they are looking like a solid cohesive unit. Lionel Messi is enjoying his football as a result, and this can be seen in the goals he scored so far.
Colombia struggled for results so far, though I consider them as a team that could surprise anyone on their day. They did give a good fight against Brazil earlier in the competition, only to be beaten by a late goal (1-2).
Taking several key points into consideration, including their h2h history at the Copa America, Argentina may edge this tie by a narrow margin, though penalties are possible.
Argentina vs Colombia Preview:
Argentina made it to the semifinal of Copa America for a 5th time in six editions and Colombia stand in between them and fifth final appearance.
In the last edition, they were beaten in the Semifinal by Brazil, but eventually went on to clinch the third place at the expense of Chile.
This time, things are looking good for Messi and co as the team grew into a solid unit as the tournament grew. The 3-0 convincing win the quarter final against Ecuador was nothing less than expected, though they have scored a few more if not for some unlucky blocks and woodwork.
Lionel Messi scored a brace from freekick for Argentina’s third against Ecuador has now taken his tally in the tournament to 4 goals, 3 of them came in the latest two games.
Argentina are one of the two unbeaten teams in the competition alongside Brazil, having conceded just 2 goals from the competition.
Colombia needed penalties to defeat Uruguay, it was a drab 90-minutes, yet the Cafeteros had better chances with Duvan Zapata and Luis Díaz coming close to score.
David Ospina became the hero in penalty shootout on the day he made a record 111th appearance maker for the Los Cafeteros, saving twice while his team-mates made a 100% conversion from the spot.
It has been a hot and cold tournament for the Colombians so far, often blunt in attack though they have two world class strikers in Zapata and Muriel, so far ineffective and the team managed to score just 2 goals from the 5 matches played so far.
Series: Cope America 2021
Match: Argentina vs Colombia
Date: Wednesday, 7 July 2021
Venue: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília
Time: 02:00 UK/ 03:00 UK/ 06:00 PST
Argentina vs Colombia HEAD to HEAD:
- The teams recently met in the World Cup qualifiers in June and Colombia came back from 2 goals behind to drew 2-2.
- This stretched their unbeaten streak against Argentina to 3 games, having bagged the solitary win in the series back in the Copa America 2019 group stage (2-0).
- The teams met in 2015 edition as well, a quarterfinal tie settled in favour of the Albiceleste in penalties after 90 goal-less minutes.
- Six of their last 7 meetings across all competitions recorded under 2.5 goals. The most common score line during the period was 0-0.
- Both teams scored in only 1 of those, which happened to be their most recent duel in June.
Argentina Team News
Lionel Scaloni has a fully fit squad at his disposal, but it will be interesting to see if he sticks with Laturo Martinez or bring the goal-less Sergio Aguero back into the starting line-up for this match.
Nicolas Gonzalez is preferred on the wings, which means Angel Di Maria may start from the bench.
Colombia Team News
Reinaldo Rueda has been inconsistent with his selections similar to his team’s results that failed to win a game inside 90 minutes since starting off with a 1-0 win against Ecuador.
Changes are expected to the one that started in the goal-less draw against Uruguay, mainly in defense and attacking front.
Probable Starting 11 Players:
Martinez – Acuna, Otamendi, Pezzalla, Molina – De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso – Gonzalez, Messi, Martinez.
Ospina – Tessilo, Sanchez, Mina, Munoz – Diaz, Uribe, Barrios, Cuadrado – Zapata, Muriel.
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