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Argentina vs Uruguay 17.06.2015

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Argentina vs. Uruguay / Copa America – Classic of South American football and a match between bitter rivals. The two teams will face each other in the group phase after one played round in which both teams had unexpectedly difficult time. Argentina even didn’t defeat Paraguay and having just one point is under a stronger pressure than Uruguay, who wasn’t brilliant but has minimally defeated Jamaica. Both teams had played well during the preparations, winning three times in a row each. They have a long history between them so at the previous Copa America the Uruguayans won Argentina on Argentinian soil in the quarter-finals after penalties, while during qualifications for the last World Cup both national teams won at home. Begins: 17.06.2015 – 01:30 CET


It seems that this competition is cursed for Argentina but rightly because of that their motive is bigger than ever and they want to win the title in Chile. How strong the pressure is has showed the best a match of the first round against Paraguay. They had a lead of 2-0 but in the end they had to settle for a draw. Fear of failure is certainly present but fans have by now forgotten the final of the World Cup and are only interested in the title that have been waiting for more than 20 years. Argentina played very well in the preparatory period and has a truly impressive team here, who are at the first glance favourites but even Paraguay showed that there are cracks in their armour.

They would be probably happier to play against Jamaica now in order to recover a bit as Uruguay is tough and wounds are still fresh from the last Copa America when Argentina was perhaps an even bigger favourite because of the home-field advantage but Uruguayans had eliminated them. In the first match coach Martino surprised a bit with Roncaglio at the right flank instead of Zabaleta and he could change that now. How strong they are in the attack shows fact that Tavez and Higuain had started the match on the bench.

Probable lineups Argentina: Romero – Zabaleta, Garay, Otamendi, Rojo – Mascherano, Banega, Pastore – di Maria, Messi, Aguero


The title defenders have arrived with big ambitions to Chile. Their goal is to repeat success from four years. They have plenty of reasons to believe in new success as this team didn’t lose match since defeat in the World Cup’s round of 16 in Brazil, which means for more than a year. Only two draws and seven victories is one of best results made in last year and that is one of biggest reason why they believe in the title. What is definitely bad and what spoils their chances is a fact that will have to play without their best player, Luis Suarez, whose suspension of playing for the national team is still at force.

With him in the team it would be a whole different story. Besides him Caceres and Ramirez are also absent. They showed all signs of pre-competition stress and weren’t brilliant against the weakest national team at the Cup, and it needed just a bit to Jamaica made a sensation.  The match ended 1-0 for Uruguay but it is known fact that the Uruguayans are masters of tough matches and minimal victories. They have to play much better against Argentina where tactical strength of this team should come to the forefront, and that includes one or two changes in the midfield or attack.

Probable lineups Uruguay: Muslera – M. Pereira, Gimenez, Godin, A. Pereira – A. Rios, A. Gonzalez, De Arrascaeta, C. Rodriguez – Stuani, Cavani

Argentina – Uruguay PICK

It must be said that Argentina is favourite in this match but it doesn’t mean that the Argentinians will win easily. They are under pressure and it is probably more important to them to not lose this match as they have much easier job in the last round. Uruguay would probably be very satisfied with a draw and that is why we forecast that we could see here an equal match or perhaps minimal Argentina’s victory.

Pick: Asian handicap +1 Uruguay

Stake: 5/10

Odds: 1.74 at betvictor (down to 1.64 can be played)

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