Argentina vs Colombia Prediction and Match Preview
Argentina vs. Colombia
Copa America 2021, semi-final
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Kick-off at 2:00 UK / 3:00 CET
Location: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia.
Argentina has qualified for the Copa America semi-final for the 5th time in six editions, and Colombia is between them and the fifth final.
In the last edition, they were beaten in the semi-finals by Brazil but ultimately clinched third place at the expense of Chile.
This time, things are looking good for Messi and Co as the team has grown into a solid unit as the tournament has grown. The convincing 3-0 quarter-final victory over Ecuador was nothing short of expected, although they scored a bit more if not for a few unlucky blocks and woodwork.
Lionel Messi scored a brace from a free-kick for Argentina’s third goal against Ecuador and now brings his total in the tournament to 4 goals, including 3 in the last two games.
Argentina is one of two undefeated teams in the competition alongside Brazil, conceding just two goals in the competition.
Colombia needed a penalty shootout to beat Uruguay, the 90 minutes were lackluster, but the Cafeteros had better chances with Duvan Zapata and Luis Díaz coming close.
David Ospina became the penalty shootout hero when he made a record 111th appearance for the Cafeteros, saving twice while his teammates achieved a 100% conversion on the spot.
The tournament has been hot and cold for the Colombians so far, often blunt in attack despite having two world-class strikers in Zapata and Muriel, so far ineffective, and the team only managed to score two goals out of the five games played so far.
Argentina team news
Lionel Scaloni has a team in great shape at his disposal. Still, it will be interesting to see if he stays with Laturo Martinez or if he brings Sergio Aguero back scoreless in the starting lineup for this game.
Nicolas Gonzalez is preferred on the wings, which means Angel Di Maria can start on the bench.
Starting lineup planned by Argentina (4-3-3)
Martinez – Acuna, Otamendi, Pezzalla, Molina – De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso – Gonzalez, Messi, Martinez.
Colombia team news
Reinaldo Rueda has been inconsistent with his caps, similar to the results of his side, who failed to win a game 90 minutes from the start with a 1-0 win over Ecuador.
Changes are expected from the one that started in the 0-0 draw against Uruguay, mainly in defense and attack.
Starting lineup scheduled for Colombia (4-4-2)
Ospina – Tessilo, Sanchez, Mina, Munoz – Diaz, Uribe, Barrios, Cuadrado – Zapata, Muriel.
Argentina vs. Colombia Head-to-Head
The teams recently met in the World Cup qualifiers in June, and Colombia came from 2 goals behind to draw 2-2.
This extended their unbeaten streak against Argentina to 3 games after claiming the lone series victory in the 2019 Copa America group stage (2-0).
The teams met in the 2015 edition as well, with a quarter-final draw in favor of Albiceleste on penalties after 90 minutes without a goal.
Six of their last seven meetings in all competitions have registered less than 2.5 goals. The most common scoreline during the period was 0-0.
The two teams only scored in 1 of those, which turned out to be their most recent duel in June.
Argentina vs. Colombia prediction
As mentioned earlier, Argentina has grown in stature and looks like a strong, cohesive unit. Lionel Messi enjoys his football accordingly, and it shows in the goals he has scored so far. Visit Victor prediction for surest football prediction.
Colombia has struggled to get results so far, although I see them as a team that could surprise anyone that day. They had a good fight against Brazil earlier in the competition before being beaten by a late goal (1-2).
Considering several key points, including their h2h history at the Copa America, Argentina could overtake this tie by a narrow margin, although penalties are possible.
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