Brazil will meet Argentina at the Copa America finals on 10 July 2021 local time. In the GMT time zone, this mega match will commence on Sunday midnight. As in many matches before, Messi and company will try to lengthen their streak of 19 no loss games, with Brazilians playing at home. The match takes place at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Bets on Brazil to beat Argentina in 90 minutes and break their incredible streak are priced with the odds of 2.18 (+118 American), whereas the same outcome for Argentina is priced with the odds of 3.94 (+294). Brazil are the favourites of online bookmakers: chances are 46% against 25% for Argentina. Draw is at 29% and comes with the odds of 3.28 (+228).
Wagers on Argentina to be the champions of Copa America are placed at 2.45 (+145), whereas Brazil to receive the 10th trophy comes with the odds of 1.55 (-182). Chances of winning this tournament are as follows: Argentina — 34.5%, Brazil — 65.5%
Argentina vs Brazil: Copa America 2021 match preview
La Albiceleste won 3 matches in the group stage with a tie against Chile (1-1), and finished in first place in Group A. The playoffs have not been difficult for them by now. Argentina won against Ecuador (3-0) in the quarter-final and Colombia (2-1) in the semis to reach the final.
La Albiceleste are the best balanced team at Copa America at the moment. Their attackers have scored 11 goals, have made 7 assists and have created 54 chances in the rivals’ penalty areas. This is the second highest result of the tournament as of now. Lionel Scaloni’s defence has blocked 17 potential goals on their way to the final, with the keeper saving his team 11 times. And now this is the best defensive result at Copa America.
Argentina have defeated Brazil 8 times in the finals of Copa America, whereas Brazil have won only 2 out of these 10 head-to-head fixtures. All these factors play in Argentina's hands.
Lionel Messi and company have scored in 17 last matches with 36 goals in total. This equals 2.1 goals per match on average. An individual total of under 1.5 goals scored by Argentina is priced with the odds of 3.80 (+280).
The Selecao enjoyed the same results in the group stage as their future opponent. They won 3 matches and tied one time against Ecuador (1-1). Both matches in the playoffs were won in 90 minutes. Their rivals were Chile (1-0) and Peru (1-0).
Brazil is currently the best team in the Americas judging by the FIFA World Ranking, which places them third in the word. Brazil keeps being undefeated for 13 matches. Interestingly, the last time they were beaten came against their future opponent, Argentina.
Now, Adenor Bacchi's boys have the best attack at Copa America: 12 goals, 8 assists and 60 chances created in rivals' penalty areas. That said, they have worse results than La Albiceleste in defence and in number of shots on target. Brazil have not lost in 5 of their last 7 H2H matches against Argentina and have scored in 11 of their last 12 fixtures. Brazil to score in the next fixture is priced with the odds of 1.35 (-286 American).
Argentina vs Brazil: latest team news and lineups
Gabriel Jesus, Brazil centre-forward, will skip the final fixture against Argentina. He received a red card in the quarter-final against Chile.
Felipe and Philippe Coutinho, centre-back and attacking midfielder of the Brazil national team, respectively, will not play as well. Felipe has suffered knee injury, whereas Coutinho skips Copa America 2021 totally, because he has ruptured his outer meniscus.
All Argentina players keep being in perfect form. They have recovered from the previous match, and are ready to shine bright in the next fixture.
There are no yellow cards in both teams.
Probable Argentina lineup: Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero, German Pezzella, Nicolas Tagliafico, Nahuel Molina, Guido Rodriguez, Leandro Paredes, Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Lautaro Martinez, Sergio Aguero.
Probable Brazil lineup: Alisson Becker, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro, Emerson Royal, Casemiro, Fred, Everton Ribeiro, Neymar, Richarlison, Roberto Firmino.
Argentina vs Brazil: key players
Lionel Messi is the top scorer at Copa America 2021. He has started every game for his national team at this tournament from the first seconds. There have been 4 goals, 5 assists and 19 chances created by him to date. Needless to say, this 34-years-old right-winger is the playmaker of his team and launches as much as the third of all attacking actions.
Neymar is the third top scorer at the tournament. He has scored 2 goals and has made 3 assists in 450 minutes. Also, he has created 17 moments in his opponents' penalty areas, which is the best result in a moments per game ratio. This makes him a fine contender for a goal in the finals, as well as the keeper of all Brazilian football hopes.
Argentina vs Brazil: betting tips for Copa America 2021 match
Argentina and Brazil have two best attacks at Copa America. They have scored in every single match. Brazil have taken 36 shots on target, whereas La Albiceleste are at 40. They have created 60 and 54 chances, respectively. My money is on both teams to score.
Both teams to score with the odds of 2.20 (+120 American)
Lionel Scaloni's men have received 13 yellow cards at Copa America, which is the highest result. They have received more yellow cards than Brazil in 5 of their last 7 H2H fixtures too. Given the final is tense, Messi and company have chances of doing the same here.
Argentina to receive more yellow cards than Brazil with the odds of 2.22 (+122 American)