Argentina v Colombia Betting Tips & Predictions
Argentina and Colombia have been paired in Copa America 2019 Group B, with the teams meeting at the Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador on 15 June.
As always, La Albiceleste are box office considering that Lionel Messi operates for them, although the 2018 World Cup campaign was a real mixed bag, with the Argentines humbled by Croatia in the group stage before scraping into the last sixteen where they were beaten by France.
Argentina have been unpredictable for some time. They continue to be top heavy with attacking players and it’s hard to argue with the calibre of Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria.
However, last summer illustrated that the defence is often all over the place and it’s a damning indictment that their most experienced defender is Nicolas Otamendi, someone who was used sparingly at Manchester City last season.
None of the goalkeepers have more than four caps, while there’s a lack of quality defensive midfielder in the squad even if PSG’s Leandro Paredes appears to represent the future of the national team.
Colombia are more than a match for their opponents, with Los Cafeteros having acquitted themselves well at the 2018 World Cup and they were fiercely competitive against England at the last sixteen stage before losing on penalties.
Carlos Queiroz is an experienced operator as an international manager and will have a fit James Rodriguez for this tournament, something that wasn’t available to his predecessor in Russia.
The Bayern Munich midfielder is an important player for his country, while Radamel Falcao continues to captain the team who have swathes of defensive quality thanks to the presence of Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina, Cristian Zapata, Santiago Arias and Jeison Murillo.
This is a tournament opener and both teams would be happy enough with a draw before more winnable matches against Paraguay and Qatar, the latter of whom are likely to be the group’s whipping boys.
Draw @ 3.20 with bet365