At the Arena Pantanal, located in the Brazilian city of Cuiabá, Bolivia and Argentina will finish their participation in the first phase of the Copa América. They will meet in the last match of Group A. The Albiceleste go into the game with their presence in the quarterfinals assured, while La Verde is eliminated and has no chance of advancing to the next round. Bolivia has been eliminated because it has lost all its matches so far. However, the team coached by César Farías will try to leave a good image at the end of the initial round, with the aim of preparing for the next challenges of the qualifying rounds. This match will be broadcasted on DIRECTV Sports.
Five interesting facts to review before the last group stage match in Group B:
1. Bolivia has won 1, drawn 2, and lost 7 of its last 10 games. Averaging 0.5 points per game.
2. Argentina has won 5 and drawn 5 of the last 10 matches. Averaging 2.0 points per game.
3. In the last 10 matches, Bolivia has scored an average of 1.2 goals and conceded an average of 1.9 goals. Thus, their games have an average of 3.1 goals.
4. In the last 10 matches, Argentina has scored an average of 1.4 goals and conceded an average of 0.8 goals. Therefore, their games have an average of 2.2 goals.
5. There have been more than 2.5 goals in 7 of Bolivia’s last 10 matches.
Let us now review the current situation of both teams at the end of the group stage:
Bolivia: Bolivia reaches the last match of the group stage of the Copa América 2021 after losing 0-2 against Uruguay and thus being eliminated from the competition. The team coached by César Farías is in fifth place in the standings, four points behind its last rival, so it no longer has any mathematical chance of playing in the quarterfinals. La Verde had many chances in their last two matches to score and even draw during the ninety minutes of play, but wasted their chances and remained without points in the tournament. Bolivia has no injuries or suspensions for this match.
Argentina: For its part, Argentina comes into this match in first place in the Group A standings (7 points), with qualification assured, but not yet at the top of the group, which would allow it to face the fourth-placed team in Group B. The team coached by Lionel Scaloni has gone from strength to strength in the tournament, with a style of play characterized by an outstanding first half but many doubts in the second half of each match. The Argentine national team could rotate its players for this match with the aim of recovering them physically and protecting them from cautions for the quarterfinals.
Argentina: 85.3% (-769) – Goals: 3.44 – Best O/U: o3½+129
Bolivia: 7.5% (+1900) – Goals: 0.53 – Best O/U: u3½+166
Draw: 7.3% (+680)
Bolivia comes into this match with no chance of qualifying for the next stage after losing its first three matches. On the other hand, although Argentina is in the first place, it needs to win to secure it and thus reach the quarterfinals with greater peace of mind. With the peace of mind of having already qualified and the individual scoring power of the Argentinean players, against a Bolivia discouraged by its elimination and with serious defensive errors, we believe that it will be a match where the winner will win by a wide margin.