Kick-off: 0130, 03/07/2019
Stadium: Estadio Mineirao
TV: Premier Sports
Three of the four Copa America quarter-finals went to penalties and another tight tussle is on the cards when Brazil face Argentina in the semis.
These teams have each prevailed 1-0 in friendlies over the past couple of years, while one of their two qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup ended in stalemate.
We reckon they are hard to split in Belo Horizonte, so 5/2 for a draw in normal time makes sense for our first Brazil vs Argentina prediction.
A Look At Brazil’s Betting Odds
As the host nation, Brazil deserve to be favourites, having gone 14 games without defeat and not losing to Argentina in the last five home meetings.
However, the Selecao have laboured through this tournament at times, including when held to a goalless stalemate by Venezuela during the group stage.
Tite’s slightly-defensive tactics again came under scrutiny after Brazil failed to break down Paraguay in the quarters, before shading a shoot-out 4-3.
Paraguay had West Ham defender Fabian Balbuena sent off just before the hour mark, but Gabriel Jesus then missed from close range and Willian struck the woodwork.
Two penalty saves from Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker saw them advance, with Roberto Firmino grateful for his Reds team-mate after shooting wide with his spot-kick.
Alisson insisted Brazil “were against a team which did not want to play”, while Tite slammed the “absurd” state of the Gremio Arena pitch, but this was still a nervous display.
Another cagey contest is expected here, so 15/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time stands out from the Brazil vs Argentina odds.
A Look At Argentina’s Betting Odds
Argentina had to recover from a slow start in their pool, losing 2-0 to Colombia and drawing 1-1 with Paraguay, before coming good with a 2-0 win over Qatar.
La Albiceleste made the most of that reprieve when claiming a 2-0 victory versus Venezuela at the last-eight stage, via goals from Lautaro Martinez and Giovani Lo Celso.
Sergio Aguero set up Martinez for a clever finish after just 10 minutes, but Argentina then took a conservative approach until Lo Celso pounced on a rebound 16 minutes from time.
Lionel Messi said: “It’s hard to say who is the favourite between Argentina and Brazil.
“The pitches are really difficult, they do not favour good play – they’re in bad shape.
“This is a very difficult Copa where anyone can beat anyone, but we had a very complete match and defensively we had no problems.”
The four group-stage games held at Estadio Mineirao did produce 12 goals, though, so we’re hoping this venue will be fitting for such a classic contest.
Let’s finish off our Brazil vs Argentina betting tips by taking 17/4 for a score draw.
BRAZIL 0-0 Paraguay (4-3 on penalties)
Venezuela 0-2 ARGENTINA – Martinez, Lo Celso
Head-to-head: Brazil 1-0 Argentina, Argentina 1-0 Brazil, Brazil 3-0 Argentina, Argentina 1-1 Brazil
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