Argentina are odds-on to beat Costa Rica in their crucial Copa America Group A fixture, which takes place in Cordoba in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
As the host nation, La Albiceleste were many people’s pre-tournament favourites, but have failed to shine so far, opening with a 1-1 draw against Bolivia and being held to a 0-0 stalemate by Colombia.
Their indifferent form has left Sergio Batista’s men needing a win to guarantee a place in the quarter-finals.
Punters who are confident the pressure will bring out the best from this talented squad of players can get odds of 11/50 at bwin.com for the home team to take the three points, meaning a successful £25 bet on Argentina will net a return of £30.50.
Atletico Madrid forward Sergio Aguero has struck Argentina’s only goal in this year’s tournament and will be eager to double his tally against La Sele. And at 7/2, a bet on Aguero to open the scoring on Tuesday looks well worth a shout.
However, Costa Rica will go into the fixture knowing they have every chance of upsetting the odds. After beginning the 2011 Copa America with a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Colombia, they bounced back to beat Bolivia 2-0 courtesy of second-half strikes from Josue Martinez and Joel Campbell.
Fans looking for Copa America odds may be tempted by the 21/2 on offer from bwin.com for Ricardo La Volpe’s team to snatch victory and dispatch Argentina from the tournament.
Martinez, who plays for Costa Rican outfit Deportivo Saprissa, will no doubt be eager to get his name on the score sheet and punters can get odds of 31/10 for him to find the net at any time. That means a £25 bet on Martinez could bag winnings of £102.50.
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