Argentina's array of stars could get a very good start to the Copa America with a game against a struggling Paraguay. William Hill's Lee Phelps is looking at the odds to find great free betting picks.
The tournament favourites start their Copa America journey against a team few think will trouble the big boys in Chile. Argentina versus Paraguay pairs the second best side in the world judging on Brazil 2014 and a nation in recent decline.
As an outright bet Messi and Co don’t make much appeal largely because they struggle to get over the line. They haven’t won a major title since winning this one in 1993.
This looks a good way to start and if you like a short price or a few in an accumulator Argentina should be one for you.
They dwarf Paraguay in the FIFA rankings and have a good recent record against them in competitive matches, winning their last two World Cup qualifiers.
The general form since losing to Germany in Rio has been good too winning five of their seven games, including the last three, scoring nine and conceding one.
You could argue Argentina’s front line is comparable only to Barcelona with Messi, Aguero, Higuain, Tevez and Di Maria all available. Personally I’ll take Aguero at 1.85 (17/20) to score here, having managed four in his last two games and he finished the Premier League season in great form too. For a bet the better side of even money, go for Aguero to score in an Argentina win at 2.10 (11/10).
The outsiders here have only won once in the current international ‘season’, losing four times, including against China and South Korea. They have conceded early goals in the two warm-up games against Peru and Honduras, with the opposition scoring after eight and three minutes, so there are a few ways in to a bet around that.
Argentina to be winning at 15 minutes is 4.2 (16/5) while winning at 30 minutes is 2.8 (9/5). Or you could go for Argentina to score in the first 15 minutes at 3.75 (11/4).
The head-to-head record show goals, with seven, four and six in their last three games. I’m looking at over 3.5 at 2.62 (13/8).
This is a great game to bet in, especially if you’re watching it and see early goals, I’d look at the play markets on over 3.5 then. For now I think there are lots of good soccer picks, my favourite of all those listed is Aguero and Argentina. In fact at 9.0 (8/1) Aguero looks a great price to be top scorer.
Free Soccer Pick: Aguero to score and Argentina win 2.1 (11/10) at William Hill