The final of the 2015 Copa America sees hosts Chile play star-studded Argentina, who dismantled Paraguay in the semi-final to remain favourites for the title


Argentina to win at 23-20 with Sportingbet

Following a quarter-final victory over Colombia on penalties, Argentina thrashed Paraguay 6-1 in the 2015 Copa America semi-final and takes on hosts Chile in Saturday’s final. Chile’s route to the final took in a quarter-final victory over defending champions Uruguay and a semi-final triumph over Peru.

Argentina has all the momentum entering the final after putting up six goals on the 2011 finalists, Paraguay. Chile has never won the Copa America and has not made the final since 1987.

It has though been the the most consistently impressive team in this tournament with defensive solidity allied to the attacking flair of a pair of players in Arturo Vidal who scored three goals at the beginning of the tournament and Eduardo Vargas whose four goals lead the tournament.

They have seven of Chile’s tournament-leading 13 goals.

Argentina of course have plenty of scoring power as well. Sergio Aguero scored his third goal of the tournament with a header against Paraguay in the semi-final, while Angel Di Maria recorded two in the same game. They of course have the incomparable Lionel Messi creating chances and space for them to perform.

While he is no Messi, Jorge Valdivia has proved to be the engine of the Chilean midfield. His three assists are tied with Messi for top in the tournament. Chile will be looking for striker Alexis Sanchez to step up and make his presence felt in the final. Sanchez has just one goal in five games this tournament.

Argentina is ranked third in the world and has plenty of big-game experience including the narrow loss in last year’s World cup fnal. While it hasn’t won the Copa America in 22 years, it has been in the final in both 2004 and 2007, both times losing to Brazil.

As well as all the attackng prowess they display, both defences are strengths of these teams. Chile has allowed three goals in this tournament while Argentina has given up four. But Chile has not faced a side as talented as Argentina’s. Chile’s biggest threat on their route to the final, Uruguay, was without striker Luis Suarez and was a man down after Edinson Cavani’s sending off. Peru was also down to ten men in the semi-final of what has been a fractious tournament.

The versatile threats of the Argentina team should overcome the hosts and deliver Messi his first piece of silverware in international competition. Chile are unlikely to change their playing style against anyone and will attack Argentina like they do everyone else, but after Tuesday’s stunning show from the Albiceleste, they will be extremely wary of leaving spaces for Messi, Di Maria et al. Jorge Sampaoli’s side will be at home on Saturday, but after their peerless performance in Concepcion, Argentina are very much the team to beat.

Odds against for Argentina with Sportingbet is an attractive price and whilst the possibility of extra-time has to be considered, I consider the price interesting enoguh to look for the ninety minute outright win


Argentina to win at 23-20 with Sportingbet