It’s hard to imagine that a Copa America group featuring the creative talents of Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero, not to mention Edinson Cavani could have produced just six goals across its opening four encounters, with four of those coming in the same match.
Yet that’s precisely the case, with defenders such as Liverpool’s Sebastian Coates, holding sway.
More of the same is expected ahead of the concluding round of fixtures, with Argentina and Paraguay locked together on four points and the Uruguayans one behind.
With failure making a meeting with another group winner, or indeed a flight home in the case of the Celeste, a distinct possibility, all is expected to remain cagey, with an under 2.5 goals double a tasty way to profit at 5/2.
Read on for the rationale…
Uruguay v Paraguay – Under 2.5 goals @ 1/2
The absence of Luis Suarez casts a long shadow over Los Dinosauros, who have have huffed and puffed in the absence of their one true game changer.
Three of their last four Suarezless outings have ended with only a single goal scored, with the outlier against Guatemala.
Even with the Barcelona magician available battles of ‘the Guays’ have been tight of late, with meetings in 2011 and 2013 both ending 1-1.
Argentina v Jamaica – Under 2.5 goals @ 13/10
The Jamaicans have surprised many with their application at the tournament, where it may have been assumed they were to take on the role of whipping boys.
1-0 losses to both Uruguay and Paraguay highlight the fact that they are well able to avoid humiliation at the hands of the Argentines.
Gerardo Martino’s men haven’t been in the habit of cutting loose under his guidance, failing to score more than twice, for all their attacking riches, in seven of their last ten games.