Bookies.com give their score predictions for the four 2015 Copa America quarter-finals, featuring favourites Argentina against Colombia & Brazil v Paraguay.
Having already stuck our necks out to give score predictions for Chile v Uruguay and Bolivia v Peru, here at Bookies.com we now look at the real Copa America heavyweights Argentina and Brazil.
Gerardo Tata Martino’s men remain a top-price 9/5 favourites with 888.com to win the trophy, though Dunga’s deadly Samba Boys cannot be ruled out at a best bet of 9/2 with the same bookie for the tournament, even without Neymar.
Argentina encounter Colombia at 00:30 BST on Saturday, 27th June and later that day 22:30 Brazil battle Paraguay. Check out our score predictions below:
Argentina v Colombia
Here’s a curious stat for you; the last time Colombia beat La Albiceleste, Lionel Messi scored and Carlos Tevez was sent off. Back then in 2007 it was the latter who was regarded as Argentina’s key player.
Messi has now racked up his century of caps, but just the one strike against group minnows Jamaica to seal his nation’s place in the quarters was well below par to be frank.
The Coffee Growers’ own eye for goal has been lacking too. For all that striking talent on offer to Jose Pekerman, it’s Inter Milan-bound defender Jeison Murrillo that has struck the ball in the net for Colombia and marshalled a miserly rearguard.
Carlos Bacca (banned), Radamel Falcao and Jackson Martinez are all flopping so far could be fatal if that continues here, because Tevez, Messi and Sergio Aguero have all struck in this fixture before.
Three of the last five meetings have been won by a single goal margin, and we fancy that trend to continue here. A 1-0 Argentina victory at top odds of 5/1 with Paddy Power looks great value.
Brazil v Paraguay
Vanquishing Venezuela 2-1 last time suggested that it was a case of no Neymar, no problem for the Samba Boys. Roberto Firmino’s rise to prominence continues, and he’s now become a game-changing signing for Liverpool to the tune of a cool £29m.
Paraguay’s progress to the last eight came courtesy of a cagey draw with holders Uruguay, and they were second behind Argentina in their pool with Lucas Barrios netting twice in three outings so far.
Both Brazil and their quarter-final foes have been sharing goals around, and have identical group stage records of scored four and conceded three.
This suggests we’re in for a thrilling encounter, something further supported by the fact that five of the last six head-to-heads have contained two goals or more.
Besides Samba Boys threat Firmino, there’s veteran forwards Robinho and Roque Santa Cruz to consider from their respective countries. These two have excellent scoring records in Brazil v Paraguay games.
While we like the look of a repeat 2-2 scoreline from their 2011 Copa America match-up, that is a long price. Taking best odds of 13/2 for 1-1 after 90 minutes with one from any number of bookies (BetVictor, Betway, Ladbrokes and William Hill) is our recommended punt.