After relinquishing their position of prominence to share the spoils with Paraguay last time out, Argentina take on Uruguay in Copa America 2015 fixture two seeking win number one.
Oscar Tabarez’s men beat Jamaica in their opening match by a margin that failed to reflect their obvious superiority over the Reggae Boyz, but their 1-0 success was enough to lift them to the top of Group B in light of La Albiceleste’s 2-2 draw with the Paraguayans.
With the Luis Suarez-less Uruguay frontline misfiring, the holders’ main objective against Argentina’s jewel-encrusted attack will be damage prevention.
Fortunately for them, it’s an area in which they excel, which is why backing the game to contain fewer than 1.5 goals at 21/10 headlines our three best bets on this meeting of South American heavyweights.
Under 1.5 goals @ 21/10
Masters in the art of pragmatism, Uruguay have an unhealthy obsession with keeping the score down.
As their win against Jamaica last time out will attest, the strength of their adversary doesn’t seem to factor into any pre-match strategy, with win ugly the only words written on the dressing room whiteboard.
Morocco, South Korea and Northern Ireland are some of the feebler foes faced in the past 13 months whom they should’ve toppled by bigger deficits than the 1-0 wins mustered, while, at the other end of the spectrum, brutes of Italy’s ilk were felled by the same scoreline.
They may be 21/4 for the win against one of the behemoths of international football, but discount Uruguay at your peril here.
Argentina have got form for landing this bet too; five of their last seven competitive fixtures yielded a sufficient number of goals to provide cause for celebration for those who made the wager in question.
Sergio Aguero to score at any time @ 6/4
The Manchester City goal machine can bag without compromising the above bet’s chance of copping and if the formbook is anything to go by, Kun rates as the best value to appear on the scoresheet.
Just the five were registered across his last three international outings to compliment the eight in ten with which he signed off the previous Premier League campaign.
Such statistics make him a better bet than even-money Lionel Messi, who may have four from his last four caps, but two were penalties and the other two came in a 7-0 rout of grossly inferior Hong Kong.
For those looking for a beefier profit, backing Aguero to score first at a beefy 4/1 has plenty of shrewdness potential too.
Match to be level at half time @ 11/10
Recent results underline Uruguay’s penchant for taking their oranges with honours even.
Six of their last eight outings have seen the scores level when the referee’s whistle has closed first-half proceedings.
Argentina aren’t averse to an inseparable first 45 minutes either, with three of their last five conforming to the aforementioned trend.