Brazil vs. Argentina. Neymar vs. Lionel Messi. When it comes to football confrontation, star power and pedigree, there is nothing better than the Copa America final on the global stage.
When you consider Messi’s dream of winning his first trophy for Argentina and Neymar’s dream of raising his first America’s Cup on home soil, all the factors are held in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana.
Messi vs. Neymar
At the age of 34, Messi may be looking for one of his last chances to win with the national team. The six-time World Player of the Year has won all major club-level trophies at the Barcelona Football Club in Spain, but his defeat in the finals of the four major championships proves that international success is difficult to achieve. It was in Maracana that Messi saw his World Cup dream shattered by Germany in the 2014 final.
But Messi looks like a man on mission in Brazil because he wants to end Argentina’s 28-year Copa America drought. He can be said to have played his best game in an Argentina jersey: he is the leader in goals (4) and assists (5), accounting for 9 of the team’s 11 goals.
Neymar, Messi’s former teammate in Barcelona, also had a fruitful Copa America (2 goals, 3 assists). The 29-year-old also tried to build with Brazil after missing the 2019 championship due to injury. heritage. On the eve of the game, he called on his fellow Brazilians to support Argentina because of his love for Messi.
Fans may be a factor in this game. Although every 2021 America’s Cup game so far has been played without spectators, after local officials gave the green light, about 5,000 people or 10% of spectators in the finals will keep their distance from society. Each team received 2,200 free tickets.
How to watch Brazil vs. Argentina
- date: Saturday, July 10
- time: 8 p.m. EDT
- TV channel: FS1
- Spanish TV: Univision, TUDN
- stream media: fuboTV (7-day free trial); Fox Sports App/TUDN.tv is for authenticated subscribers
The 2021 Copa America final between South American giants Brazil and Argentina will be broadcast in English on FS1 and in Spanish on Univision and TUDN.
Brazil vs. Argentina expected lineup
In addition to the changes here and there, Brazil coach Tite introduced the same basic lineup for the entire game.In the final against Argentina, he will have to play without Manchester City Gabriel Jesus, Who will serve the second of the two suspensions imposed by the management agency CONMEBOL Karate kick he issued Against Chile. Everton Leek Will occupy the offensive point on the right.
In addition, the Brazilian left back Alex Sandro Due to a left hamstring injury, did not participate in a complete team training, and Renan Lodi Will start again in his place.
In the Argentine camp, the central defender Christian “Couty” Romero Training with teammates is said to be a starting option.But it’s hard to see the Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni use Pezera. The starting guard is also up in the air, but Nicholas Taliafico (Left) and Naver Molina (Right) May be favored for its defensive qualities.
In midfield, Scaloni performed well in all competitions, but in the end the Argentine media looked forward to Guido Rodriguez with Rodrigo DePaul Keep locked, the third midfielder or Leandro Paredes or Young LoscelsoBased on his current performance, the latter seems to have an advantage.
Brazil (4-3-3, left to right): 23-Edson–16-Renan-Lordi, 3-Tiago-Silva, 2-Daniello, 4-Marginhos–8-Fred, 5-Cassemi Luo, 17-Lucas Paqueta–7-Richardson, 10-Neymar, 19-Everton
Argentina (4-3-3, from left to right): 23-Emiliano Martinez-GK-3-Nicolas Tagliafico, 19-Nicolas Otamendi, 6-Pezzera, Germany, 26-Navier Molina-20- Giovanni Loscelso, 18-Guido Rodriguez, 7-Rodrigo DePaul-12-N-Lautaro Martinez, 10-Lionel Messi
What if there is a tie?
Unlike the quarter-finals and semi-finals that go directly to the penalty shoot-out when a tie is 90 minutes, the America’s Cup final will have 30 minutes of overtime. If there is still no winner after overtime, a penalty kick will be used to declare the champion.
Argentina entered the final with an unforgettable penalty shoot-out victory over Colombia. Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez saved three of Colombia’s five attempts and made a lot of rubbish along the way.
Only the other four Copa America finals have entered penalty shootouts, one of which was Brazil’s defeat of Argentina in 2004. Argentina also lost the Copa America final back to back with a heartbreaking PK (2015, 2016). Brazil lost to a penalty kick in another Copa America final (1995).
In this year’s America’s Cup, out of the seven knockout matches so far, three of them require penalty kicks to determine the winner.
Brazil vs. Argentina: odds and predictions
Brazil is the defending champion. It plays at home and has won every America’s Cup it hosts. The same was true for the past two finals against Argentina (2004 and 2007). So even if Lionel Messi is on the other side of the court, it is no surprise that the favorite before the game is the favorite in the final.
It’s really hard to pick against Brazil. The Spaniards have won in the past seven finals (including three against Argentina), while the Argentine team have lost in the past six finals (half of which are through penalty shootouts). Brazil has won five titles since Argentina last won the Copa America in 1993.
But for those who believe that Messi will ultimately contribute to his country, the chances of Argentina winning and Argentina winning within 90 minutes are very attractive. The Argentines have an impressive unbeaten record (11-0-8) in 19 games. Their last defeat was in the 2019 Copa America semi-finals… against Brazil.
Due to its organizational and defensive stability, it is not easy to find effective Brazilian methods. It only conceded two goals in the entire game due to a sensational bike kick (Colombia) and a goal (Peru). When you consider that Argentina is also very stingy (only three goals), no matter which team you like, a close match is the most likely outcome.
This explains why the total price of goals under 2.5 years old is -230. It should prove to be a low score event. Considering the high risk, both teams may adopt a cautious attitude. A halftime draw may be the best way to play (-113), or even a specific 0-0 halftime result (+128).
prophecy: Brazil 1, Argentina 0 (overtime)
Odds provided by DraftKings
- Brazil wins (90 minutes): +115
- Brazil wins: -167
- Lucky draw (90 minutes): +200
- Argentina wins (90 minutes): +290
- Argentina wins: +140
- The total number of goals is less than 1.5 (90 minutes): +140
- Total number of goals under 2.5 (90 minutes): -230
- Draw in the first half: -113
- Halftime result 0-0: +128
- Brazil -0.25 Asian Handicap (90 minutes): -122