Brazil vs Argentina
Copa America Semi Final 2019
Kick-off: Wednesday, 3 July at 01:30 UK/ 02:30 CET
Venue: Mineirão (Belo Horizonte).
If ever there was a more anticipated game in the world of football! The mighty Brazilians, at their home, line up against arch-rivals Argentina, to add another tale to their ages-old feud.
The hosts have shed blood in this same stadium five years back, in another semi-final. At last, they may have gotten themselves a chance to redeem the shame that befell upon them, when they were expected to deliver glory.
The team has not been consistent throughout this tournament. If they perform well one day, the other day the squad would produce a disaster-class. In the Quarters, Selecao was coming on top of a 5-0 win over Peru but failed to register even a single goal in regular time. Matters were finally settled in the shootouts, and being the host nation, they surely had a huge mental edge.
This edge will be what the Argentines be afraid of, and at the same time, feed on, to finally put an end to their three-decade-long wait for a triumph in the international arena. New manager Lionel Scaloni has finally seemed to figure out how to build a team, rather than a one-man-army.
Inter striker Lautaro Martinez has really been a revelation and trumped experienced teammates Sergio Aguero, and importantly, Lionel Messi, in delivering goals when it’s needed the most.
As both these giants take on each other, we can expect the world to run behind a ball for these ninety minutes.
Brazil vs Argentina Head-to-head (h2h)
- Eight of the last twelve wins went to the Brazilians.
- The last competitive win Argentina pulled over their opponents was in 2005.
- In the last two decades, the Argentines have recorded just a single win in Brazil home soil.
- The last time these two met in an official game, Brazil registered a 3-0 win.
Brazil vs Argentina Prediction
As much as it hurts to see one of football’s all-time greats fail repeatedly in international jersey, the bare truth is, the two-time world champions are not equipped right now to take on the hosts. Even without talisman Neymar, the individual talent that the Canaries possess is scary. On the other hand, all the counterparts have to offer are some aging racehorses, with some inexperienced young bloods.
Due to the sheer enmity between the squads, we can count on these two to produce a nail-biting affair but coupled with the home advantage, it’s easily Tite’s men’s tie to lose.
Moreover, the Belo Horizonte has some painful memories to offer for the home nation, and a huge win over their arch-rival might be the perfect medicine to heal those wounds.
The group led by Messi has struggled to put on impressive games, and honestly, they do not have a set squad yet. Sure, they won against Venezuela, but it was mostly due to experience and maybe to some extent, their desperation. Sadly, both won’t be enough against the Selecao, who can now smell glory.
Brazil vs Argentina Betting Tips
Brazil to Win @ 1.83 (5/6)
Argentina to Concede the First Goal @ 1.50 (1/2).