The Copa America 2021 International soccer competition returns to our screens this week for Matchday 2; soccer odds are now available for us to delve into some betting picks. Chile and Bolivia will be in an intense clash this Friday evening, and we are delving into the most favorable betting picks and soccer analysis to deliver our free betting advice. Please continue reading for our Copa America 2021 expert advice and betting predictions.
Chile vs. Bolivia
Friday, June 18, 2021 – 05:00 PM EDT at Arena Pantanal
Form, Mentality, Copa America Betting Odds & Trends
- Chile's recent form has dropped, having won just one of their 11 previous fixtures
- Bolivia have lost all of their last nine games in Copa America
- Bolivia have achieved just one win from their previous 12 games in all competitions
- Chile are undefeated in five of their previous six games in all competitions
- Chile's last three matches have seen under 2.5 goals
- Bolivia have lost by two or more goals in five consecutive Copa America matches
- Chile have won four of their five recent games not played at altitude by a minimum of two goals
- Bolivia has scored in all of their last seven fixtures, two of which were against Chile
Celebrations in Chile were present during last weekend's encounter with Argentina. Walking away with a point was a massive success versus one of Copa America's most dangerous squads.
Coach Martin Lasarte leads his squad into Matchday 2 with high confidence; his defense performed excellently to prevent Messi's outfit's victory, in a game where "The Flea" led the first half with a masterclass. Eduardo Vargas leveled the game to make Messi's efforts useless on the 57th minute, ending in a 1-1 draw. Many thanks to Guillermo Maripan and Gary Medel, Chile's back line was impenetrable and may have won the game if it weren't for Messi's emphatic free kick outside of the box.
The Chile squad is damaged without Inter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez, but their veteran-like presence remains strong with Gary Medel, Arturo Vidal, and Claudio Bravo. And Vargas, although disappointing during his domestic term in 2021, has proved to be a force during international meetings.
Bolivia's Matchday 1 meeting of the Copa America was quite the opposite, as they watched Paraguay maul their defense for 3 goals. In addition, Jaume Cuellar was sent off before halftime, making an already challenging game even harder. The second half meltdown from Bolivia was fueled by the red cared, and with star goal scorer Marcelo Moreno absent due to COVID-19, Bolivia lacks in the firepower needed to make an impact.
This absence alone should lead us to believe that Cesar Faria will struggle for options and goal-scoring chances in the final third. A significantly stronger Chile side is expected to collect their first 3 points of the competition.
Final Thoughts | Copa America Betting Picks
Chile should enter Friday's clash primed and ready to claim their first Copa America victory. Having come so close to defeating Argentina with two shots against the woodwork, we can anticipate almost double those chances to appear against the lesser talented side in Bolivia.
The best online gambling sites are heavily in favor of Chile, but with the 3-way handicap offering some great value, we're happy to take our chances on the Chileans winning this fixture by at least two goals.
Chile vs. Bolivia Score Prediction: Chile 3 – Bolivia 0
Chile vs. Bolivia Betting Prediction: 3-way Handicap Chile -1 (-136) at Pinnacle Sportsbook
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.