The final quarterfinal match of the 2019 Copa America is set for Saturday night as Group C winners Uruguay take on the third place team of Group A Peru.
Uruguay are the most decorated team in Copa America history having won the tournament 15 times, most recently in 2011, finished as runners-up six times, have nine third place finishes and have finished in fourth on five separate occasions. Their 35 Top 4 finishes is one more then second place Argentina’s 34. The Uruguayans have rebounded nicely from their disappointing 2016 Copa America that saw them bow out during the group stage.
Peru have been very successful over the last eight Copa America tournaments as they have made the quarterfinals in all eight of those appearances, have two third place finished and one fourth place finish. The Peruvians have win the Copa America/South American championship two separate times, in 1939 and 1975, have six third place finishes and seven fourth place finishes. Peru are the sixth most successful team, in regards to Top 4 finishes, at the Copa America.
Who will be the final semifinalist for the 2019 Copa America? Below is my pick for Uruguay vs Peru.
Uruguay (-164) vs Peru (+450): Draw (+275)
Uruguay looked like one of the best teams in this tournament with three solid group stage games. The Uruguayans opened their Copa America with a dominant 4-0 win over Ecuador, followed that win up with a 2-2 draw against Japan and then concluded the group stage with a 1-0 win over Chile. Uruguay is currently on a six game unbeaten run and have won five of those six games.
Peru took advantage of weak fourth team in their group to get enough points to be one of the top third place teams. Peru opened up their tournament with a 0-0 draw against Venezuela, then beat Bolivia 3-1 before rounding out the group stage with a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Brazil.
It will be Uruguay who gets through to the semifinals.
These two nations have met 66 times in the past and it is Uruguay who hold a commanding 37-13-16 advantage. Peru won the last meeting, a 2017 World Cup qualifier, but prior to that it was Uruguay who had won four games in a row.
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