The 100th anniversary of the Copa America has been one to remember, and we have a final match-up that is about as good as it gets. Argentina are the number one team in the world according to the FIFA rankings, and they will be going head to head with Chile, the team that won the Copa America last year. These two teams already met during the group stages of the tournament, and it was Argentina who came away with the 2-1 win in that one. Chile have gotten better as the tournament has gone one, though, and they are not going to roll over and play dead against Lionel Messi and company. Argentina is going to be the betting odds favorite for this one, but as we discussed in an earlier post about this game, the best bets for this game may be in other places, such as the soccer spread and the goals total. For the purposes of this piece, though, we are going to look at each team in order to figure out who will come away with the win.
Chile Vs Argentina Soccer Free Picks
When: Sunday, June 26 at 8 PM EST
Where: Met Life Stadium, New York
Live Stream: FOX Sports Go
Copa America Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Argentina
If you have watched Argentina at all during this tournament, you will have seen a team that is number one in the world for a reason. When you have guys like Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria on the bench, you know you have a very good team indeed. Argentina got to the final after totally dismantling the US in the semis. They went a goal up early in that one, and never really had to get out of second gear in order to roll to a 4-0 win. Lionel Messi has shown in this tournament why he is arguably the best player in the world. He bosses the midfield, and you can be sure that everything is going to go through him in the final.
Why bet on Chile
Chile got off to a little bit of a slow start in this tournament, but they have hit their stride in a big way. The really got rolling in their quarter final game against Mexico, which they won 7-0. That was an extraordinary result, and it looked as though we might have been in for more of the same when Chile went 2-0 up against Colombia in under 11 minutes in the semi-finals. They ended up simply managing the rest of the game, holding onto that score and preserving some energy for the final on Sunday. Alexis Sanchez is the man that Chile are going to be looking at to make the difference in this one.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Both of these teams are playing some great football right now, and while the online sportsbook may have Argentina as big favorites, I think this is going to be an exciting, open game. At the end of the day, though, Argentina just has too many weapons, and I think they will get the win.