The Copa America Centenario, held in honour of the 100th anniversary of the formation of CONMEBOL, has reached its business end, and the fireworks are all set to begin. Sixteen teams began the iconic competition, the first Copa America to be held outside South America. However, just four teams remain in this battle for glory and we’re yet to find out which one of the four semi-finalists go all the way.
We are going to give you our thoughts and the best betting tips we have. Remember though that you can find all the latest betting offers on our specially-lined page.
United States v Argentina
NRG Stadium, Houston
Wednesday 22nd June
Host nation, the United States, face favourites Argentina in the first semi-final at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Probably one of the most awaited game of the entire competition, the clash of two of the most in-form teams in the tournament is catching a lot of attention from football fans all over the world.
Argentina head into the game as the only team in the competition with a 100% record to their name while USA have registered just the sole defeat that came during the Group Stages. In terms of team news, it is the host nation who are in a spot of bother as they will be without three of their first-team stars for this game. Jermaine Jones, Bobby Wood and Alejandro Bedoya are the three unfortunate individuals who will be missing the game due to suspension.
Argentina are extremely fortunate to have a player as talented as Lionel Messi, the tournament’s second highest goal scorer with four goals, in their ranks. Messi’s teammates Gonzalo Higuain and Erik Lamela have also been productive as they have scored two goals each. For the USMNT, goal scoring responsibilities will be placed on the shoulders of Clint Dempsey whose scored three goals in the competition.
We expect Lional Messi to do the business here again, and is just 4/1 to open the scoring with Bet365!
Colombia v Chile
Soldier Field, Chicago
Thursday 23rd June
Colombia face off against a well-oiled Chile in the second semi-final that’s going to be held at Soldier Field in Chicago. Chile are the overwhelming favourites to progress from this encounter and their 7-0 humbling of Mexico in the last round has made their odds of progression even stronger. The entire Chilean team is in amazing form ahead of this one while the same cannot be said for the Colombians who only managed to get past Peru in the last stage after extra-time and penalties. Coming to team news, Chile will be without their star-man Arturo Vidal who will miss the game with a yellow-card suspension. Colombia, however, will be at full strength ahead of this one.
Juan Cuadrado, Carlo Bacca, David Ospina, and their top-scorer of the tournament thus far with two goals, James Rodriguez, will need to be on top of their game in what is posing to be a very difficult tie. On the Chilean front, Claudi Bravo, Alexis Sanchez and tournament top-scorer with 6 goals to his name, Eduardo Vargas, will be looking to take their country to the finals of this grand tournament.
Somehow Eduardo Vargas is 7.5/1 to score the first goal with Paddy Power, so we will jumping on that offer as quickly as we can!