The group stages for the Copa America 2021 are officially done and dusted. 20 games were played between 2 groups (Group A and Group B) to eliminate just 2 teams. It’s now time for the quarter-finals. Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile qualified from Group A. Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador qualified from Group B. There’s all to play for now among the 8 remaining teams. Let’s preview the quarter-finals and make our predictions on who will qualify or not.
The Copa America quarter-finals begin on Friday. Click here to bet on nairabet.com.
Peru vs Paraguay
Peru are the surprise packages of the Copa America so far. They suffered an opening 4-0 loss against Brazil. However, they recovered well and finished strong with 3 wins and a draw, finishing in second place. in Group A. Paraguay ad well pulled off a surprise win against Chile but suffered narrow defeats to Argentina and Uruguay. They finished in third place in Group B.
Both teams have similar records, winning 2 matches each and scoring five goals in 4 matches. It should be a close game, but on paper, Peru seem to be the slightly stronger side of the two. Paraguay will also be without the influential Miguel Almiron.
PREDICTION: Peru to win 2-1 and qualify. Click here to bet on Peru VS Paraguay.
Brazil VS Chile
Defending Champions Brazil are the favourites for this year’s tournament and have not disappointed. They won 3 of their 4 matches picking up ten points from a possible 12 in Group B. They are still undefeated and have scored more goals than any other Countries. Chile on the other hand have been disappointing at this year’s tournament. They recorded only 1 win against Bolivia getting just five points and scoring only 3 goals. They finished in 4th place in Group A.
This is undoubtedly the biggest tie of the round. With Brazil being the hosts and in great form and with Chile struggling, it makes sense to back Brazil.
PREDICTION: Brazil to win 3-1 and qualify. Click here to bet on Brazil VS Chile.
Uruguay VS Colombia
Uruguay have been somewhat inconsistent at this Copa America. They failed to beat either Argentina or Chile but recorded victories over Bolivia and Paraguay. They’ve also only managed 4 goals from 4 games in group A. Their opponents Colombia have also been unconvincing. They managed just four points in Group B, losing 2 matches and finishing 4th.
This is a clash of 2 unconvincing teams. Uruguay however have a solid defence which could give them a slight edge over a poor Colombia side.
PREDICTION: Uruguay to win 1-0 and qualify. Click here to bet on Uruguay VS Colombia.
Argentina VS Ecuador
Argentina have made a very bright start to the tournament thanks to Lionel Messi. Messi tops both the goal and assist charts with three goals and 2 assists from 4 games. He las led Argentina to pick up 10 points from their 4 games in Group A. Ecuador meanwhile are yet to win a game, drawing 3 and losing one. They can however be a tricky side. They stopped Brazil’s winning run holding the hosts to a 1-1 draw.
Argentina can’t afford to underestimate Ecuador but they should have too much for their opponents with Lionel Messi in top form.
PREDICTION: Argentina to win 3-0 and progress to the semi-finals. Click here to bet on Argentina VS Ecuador.