Two quarterfinal games are on the schedule Friday as Argentina (-175) takes on Venezuela (+500) and Colombia (+120) looks to get by Chile (+250).
Argentina have made the quarterfinals of the Copa America in the last 12 tournaments they have entered and have advanced past this stage in eight of those 12 tournaments. The 14 time Copa America champions have finished as the runner-up in four of the last five tournaments.
Venezuela have qualified for 17 Copa America’s and have advanced to the quarterfinal round four times. The Venezuelans made the quarterfinals of their most recent Copa America appearance, in 2016, and have finished as high as 4th place back in 2011.
Colombia has made the quarterfinal stage of this tournament in 15 of the 20 Copa America’s they have participated in. The 2001 champions have qualified for at least the quarterfinals in 10 of their last 11 Copa America appearances.
The reigning back-to-back Copa America champions, Chile, have advanced to the quarterfinals in 31 of the 38 Copa America’s they have participated in. It took Chile 100 years to win their first Copa America title and are looking for the three-peat this year.
Below are my picks for Friday’s Copa America quarterfinal games.
Argentina (-175) vs Venezuela (+500): Draw (+280)
It wasn’t easy for Argentina, but they advanced to the knockout stage with a 2-0 win over Qatar in their final group game. Argentina started their Copa America with a 2-1 loss to Colombia and followed it up with a 1-1 draw against Paraguay.
They didn’t score much, but Venezuela advanced to the stage with a 3-1 win over Bolivia in the final group stage game. Venezuela played to two 0-0 draws, against Peru and Brazil, in their first two group stage games.
I like Argentina to get through to the semifinals.
These two nations have met 25 times and Argentina holds a commanding 21-2-2 lead in the series. Venezuela won the most recent meeting 3-1 during a March 2019 friendly.
Colombia (+120) vs Chile (+250): Draw (+210)
Colombia’s defense make them a real threat to lift the Copa America title as they won all three group stage games without giving up a goal. The Colombian’s opened up the tournament with a 2-0 win over Argentina, then beat Qatar 1-0 and finished up the group stage with a 1-0 win over Paraguay.
Chile looked good in the group stage despite losing their final game 1-0 to Uruguay. The Chilean’s opened up their tournament with a 4-0 win over Japan before beating Ecuador 2-1 in the second group stage game.
I like this one to end in a draw during regulation and for Chile to pull through in penalties.
These two nations have met 38 times in the past and it is Colombia that holds a slight 15-13-10 lead in the series. Colombia have not lost to Chile since 2012, a span of four games, but three of those four games ended in a draw.
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