Bookies.com give their score predictions for the four 2015 Copa America quarter-finals, featuring hosts Chile against holders Uruguay and Bolivia v Peru.
We are now into the knockout phase of the 2015 Copa America, and the quarter-finals get underway at 00:30 BST on Thursday 25th June with hosts Chile, a best-price 5/2 for the tournament with several bookmakers including bet365, taking on competition holders Uruguay.
The following night Bolivia battle Peru in a contest between surprise packages, and this is followed up on Saturday 27th June with a delicious double header.
Argentina, the top-price 15/8 tournament favourites with Ladbrokes, have a crucial clash with Colombia, and then the semi-final line-up will be completed by Brazil being paired with Paraguay.
Here at Bookies.com, we’ve given our score predictions for the first two of these four fabulous fixtures:
Chile v Uruguay
Arturo Vidal may be making all the headlines at this Copa America for some off-field activities, but on it Chile’s star striker Alexis Sanchez has three goals in previous meetings with La Celeste.
Uruguay cannot field their most danger Luis Suarez because of suspension, and understudy Edinson Cavani has one again failed to turn up at a major tournament.
Chile are the Copa America’s top scorers, netting 10 times during the group stage on home soil. Only Colombia have been on target fewer times than Uruguay and are all still in the competition.
When you add Eduardo Vargas, a different animal on international duty to the forward flop we saw at QPR, to Sanchez and tournament leading marksman Vidal, then this encounter looks Chile’s to lose.
La Celeste are simply not at the races, relying on young defender Jose Maria Gimenez to get the goal they needed to ensure they advanced from their pool. Based on this, we recommend taking superb odds of 7/1 (best price with BetVictor and William Hill) on a 2-0 Chile win, the result on two of the last three occasions they have been at home.
Bolivia v Peru
Seven of the last 13 fixtures between these two have been score draws. Led by respective veterans Ronald Raldes and Claudio Pizarro, these players in their mid-30s must battle one more time.
Bayern Munich bench-warmer Pizarro has four career strikes against Bolivia, so had got the better of centre back Raldes on more than one occasion. There’s a lot to like about the Peuvian attack, which isn’t relying on one man unlike their opponents and Marcelo Martins Moreno.
Joining Pizarro are Sporting Lisbon’s Andre Carrillo, Schalke forward Jefferson Farfan and former Allianz attacking partner Paolo Guerrero. Those superior striking options are more than enough to suggest Peru will buck the trend of draws and defeat Bolivia here. Top odds offered by 888.com of 51/10 on Bolivia being beaten 1-0 tempt us.