Venezuela v Argentina Betting Tips & Predictions
The Estadio do Maracana plays host to a Copa America quarter final clash between arguably the most overrated team in the tournament against the most underrated side who are still left standing.
It’s very easy to get excited about an Argentina side who boast Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero among others, although La Albiceleste opened the tournament with a 2-0 reverse against Colombia before drawing 1-1 against Paraguay.
Better was to follow against Qatar although it wasn’t until Aguero’s late goal that the South American side were able to make the game safe against an Asian side who hadn’t looked daunted by the prospect of facing Messi & Co.
The same might apply to a Venezuela team who are unbeaten in the Copa America after coming through a tough section in a creditable second place.
You could have got big odds about La Vinotinto coming through Group A without experiencing defeat, although Rafael Dudamel’s followed up a goalless draw against Peru with the same result against Brazil.
Venezuela then cut loose against Bolivia to win 3-1 and will be relishing the chance to go up against Argentina in this quarter final, with the former being able to draw on that excellent result against the hosts as a guide for what to expect here.
Darwin Machis had only scored two goals for his country before that clash against the Bolivians although the Udinese midfielder bagged a brace and has the potential to cause further damage, while Salomon Rondon has led the line brilliantly in all the games.
As for Argentina, there is always that potential that they can explode into life but the bottom line is that they are more likely to underwhelm and that has been borne out by one win in three Copa America clashes to date.
We’ve said before that this team look fairly ordinary compared to previous Argentina teams despite some classy forwards and we’re inclined to get with Venezuela on the Asian Handicap.
Venezuela +1 @ 1.88 with bet365