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Copa America 2021 Final Preview and Picks: Argentina vs. Brazil

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Copa America 2021 Final Preview and Picks: Argentina vs. Brazil
Argentina's Lionel Messi. Photo by SILVIO AVILA / AFP

The Copa America 2021 International soccer tournament has reached the pinnacle fixtures, and now we’re down to our final two teams. Soccer odds are now available for us to delve into some betting picks. Brazil and Argentina will be the South American highlight fixture of the weekend, and we are here with our soccer analysis to deliver our free betting advice. Please continue reading for our Copa America 2021 expert advice and betting predictions.

Argentina vs. Brazil

Saturday, July 10, 2021 – 08:00 PM EDT at Maracana Stadium

  • Brazil average 2.67 goals per game during away fixtures in all competitions
  • Brazil have won by +2 goals in their previous five away matches
  • Brazil have remained undefeated on home soil for the previous seven years
  • Brazil are undefeated in 34 of their previous 35 games in all competitions
  • Brazil has avoided defeat at halftime in their previous 12 away games
  • Argentina haven't defeated Brazil since 2005
  • Argentina have scored +1 goals in their previous 13 matches
  • Argentina have avoided defeat in 19 consecutive fixtures
  • Argentina have avoided defeat at halftime in 13 straight games

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Argentina

Lionel Scaloni's men haven't held such a domineering 19-game unbeaten streak in some time, so, despite losing their previous four Copa America finals, the Argentines' confidence should be higher than usual.

The continent's most famous rivalry is about to heat up, with former teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar going head-to-head in an awe-inspiring matchup. But can Argentina's shaky defense hold up and give Lionel Messi his potential last chance at international glory?

The Argentine squad should be devoted to assisting their legendary star player Messi in what should be his final Copa America tournament. If their defensive woes are a problem, Emiliano Martinez could be the crucial difference given his heroic performance during the semi-final versus Colombia.

Argentina didn't look world-class during the group stage, but as the Copa America tournament progressed, it's obvious their confidence has grown.

The main problem for Messi & co would be the situational strains of playing in the final. Brazil will own the home advantage, an extra day of rest, and a psychological upper hand – having won a considerable amount of games throughout the team's history.

Brazil's Neymar. Photo by MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP

Brazil

Despite the deep-rooted history of Argentina and Brazil, the main narrative this weekend is Neymar versus Messi. The pair formed a close bond at Barcelona, with the MSN attack also involving Luis Suarez as one of the most significant strike forces in football history. Even if Messi and Neymar aren't the most outstanding players globally, they are undoubtedly the two best South American players on the planet.

In terms of confidence, Neymar owns the upper hand. Two goals and three assists during the Copa America tournament see him close to breaking Pele's all-time scoring record for Brazil. In addition, Neymar has never lost an international game in Brazil, and his current form consistently evolves – with a mere 40 caps under Tite, he's delivered 22 goals and 23 assists.

Brazil hasn't lost a competitive game in three years; however, their last defeat was against Argentina during a friendly match – without Neymar on the pitch. If Brazilian fans want to ponder on more optimism, Messi has never scored or been winning a game versus Brazil.

Final Thoughts| Copa America Final Betting Picks

I genuinely believe that tactical analysis should be thrown out of the window for this encounter, as one of international soccer's biggest rivalries is set to deliver another historical fixture.

The Brazilian squad are solid in every department, and the defending champions are obviously favored to win the game outright at betting sites. With Neymar at the centre of the attack, and Messi's final hope of capturing international silverware, I anticipate both squads will battle it out into extra time.

Argentina vs. Brazil Score Prediction: Argentina 1 – Brazil 1

Argentina vs. Brazil Betting Predictions:

BRA-ARG Draw(+228)
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