The third place game of the 2019 Copa America is set and it features two time champions Argentina vs two time, and the reigning back to back champions, Chile.
Argentina have competed in 15 prior Copa Americas and have made two other appearances in the third place games. In the 1987 the Argentine’s lost to Colombia to finish in fourth place and in 1989 Argentina drew Paraguay to claim third place in the tournament.
Chile have competed in 17 prior Copa Americas and have made two other appearances in the third place games. In the 1991 Copa America Chile claimed third place, but the Chilean’s fell Mexico in the 1999 Copa America to finish in fourth place.
Below is my pick for the Copa America third place game between Chile and Argentina.
Argentina (-125) vs Chile (+350): Draw (+250)
Argentina may have looked like the better team, in their semifinal game against Brazil, but the Argentine’s lacked the finishing touch and ended up falling 2-0 to the host nation. Argentina has played five games so far this Copa America and they have given up, and scored, five goals. Argentina opened their tournament with a 2-0 loss to Colombia, then drew Paraguay 1-1, they finished up the group stage by beating Qatar 2-0 and then beat Venezuela 2-0 in the quarterfinals before falling to Brazil 2-0 in the semifinals.
Chile dominated possession, but much like Argentina lacked the finishing touch and fell to Peru 3-0 in the semifinals. The two-time defending Copa America champions have scored seven goals and given up five, in their five Copa America games. Chile opened up their Copa America with a 4-0 win over Japan, then beat Ecuador 2-1, lost to Uruguay 1-0 in the final group stage game and then beat Colombia 1-0 in the quarterfinals before their 3-0 defeat to Peru in the semifinals.
I like this one to end as a draw in regulation and for Chile to win in penalties.
These two nations have met 90 times in the past and Argentina holds a commanding 60-22-8 lead in the series. The two last played during World Cup qualifying, in 2017, when Argentina came away with a 1-0 win.
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