Big Guns Safely Through To Set Up Exciting Copa America Quarter Final Draw

On Monday evening and into the early hours of Tuesday here in the UK, the final games in the Copa America Group Stages were played and we now know the eight teams from the ten competing that will progress through to the quarterfinals of the South American equivalent of the Euros.

Predictably, hosts Brazil were top of Group B, while in Group A, their fellow superpower in the region, Argentina, were also unbeaten and comfortable winners of the group That means that the big two now cannot meet until the final, should both make it through the quarterfinals and semifinals unscathed.

However, behind the top two in each group, things were much more evenly contested and that means we could be set for some cracking quarterfinal ties, which will be played across the late evening and early hours of Friday and Saturday this weekend.

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There are certainly some enticing bets to be had on the quarterfinals after what has been a very interesting group stage of the tournament, which we have summarised below.

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Copa America Group Stage Results

Group A – Results & Review

  • Argentina 1-1 Chile
  • Paraguay 3-1 Bolivia
  • Chile 1-0 Bolivia
  • Argentina 1-0 Uruguay
  • Uruguay 1-1 Chile
  • Argentina 1-0 Paraguay
  • Bolivia 0-2 Uruguay
  • Chile 0-2 Paraguay
  • Uruguay 1-0 Paraguay
  • Bolivia 1-4 Argentina

Group A Final Table

  1. Argentina -10pts
  2. Uruguay -7pts
  3. Paraguay -6pts
  4. Chile -5pts
  5. Bolivia -0pts (Eliminated)

After opening with a draw against Chile, Argentina made light work of the rest of their opponents in Group A, winning all three of their other games to comfortably top the group ahead of Uruguay, who have won both of their last two games against Bolivia and Paraguay. That last result saw Paraguay drop into third place in the group, one point ahead of Chile.

Bolivia were eliminated from the tournament as expected after they lost all four of their games and failed to secure a single point.

Group B – Results & Review

  • Brazil 3-0 Venezuela
  • Colombia 1-0 Ecuador
  • Colombia 0-0 Venezuela
  • Brazil 4-0 Peru
  • Venezuela 2-2 Ecuador
  • Colombia 1-2 Peru
  • Ecuador 2-2 Peru
  • Brazil 2-1 Colombia
  • Brazil 1-1 Ecuador
  • Venezuela 0-1 Peru

Group B Final Table

  1. Brazil – 10pts
  2. Peru – 7pts
  3. Colombia – 4pts
  4. Ecuador -3pts
  5. Venezuela – 2pts (Eliminated)

The two finalists from the 2019 Copa America, Brazil and Peru finished in the top two spots of Group B, the latter coming back from a 4-0 hammering in their opening game against Brazil to win two and draw one of their next three games.

Colombia landed third in the group a point ahead of Ecuador who were tough to beat, but who never won a game in the opening phase, drawing three of their four matches as well as a narrow loss to Colombia. That extra point saw Ecuador just make it through, eliminating Venezuela in the process.

Copa America Leading Goalscorer – After Group Stage (4 games max)

  • 3 Goals – Lionel Messi (Argentina)
  • 2 Goals – Alejandro Dario Gomez (Argentina), Andre Carillo (Peru), Angel Romero (Paraguay), Ayrton Preciado (Ecuador), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), Eduardo Vargas (Chile), Erwin Saavedra (Bolivia), Neymar (Brazil)

Lionel Messi and Neymar also lead the assists chart with two apiece for their respective teams.

Let’s now take a look at how the quarterfinal draw has panned out.

Copa America Quarterfinal Draw & Tips

  • Peru v Paraguay (10pm, Friday July 2nd)

After being thumped 4-0 by Brazil in their opener, Peru recovered well to win two of their next three, drawing the other to finish second in Group B. They face Paraguay who finished third in Group A. Peru have the best of things of late between the two teams, winning six of the last seven games and drawing the other (which was a World Cup qualifier in October last year).

Paraguay have a reputation as being a team that is very hard to break down and which are pragmatic and dogmatic rather than spectacular and I think they will do their best to keep this game tight. Similarly, Peru are not a team that generally score a huge amount of goals and as such, I think this is a game where one goal will be the difference.

With the sense of jeopardy as we reach the quarterfinals, I think that Peru may just do enough to land the victory.

Prediction – Peru to win 2-1 (11/1 with bet365)

  • Brazil v Chile (1am, Saturday July 3rd)

Chile’s ageing team has some fresh faces, most unusually Ben Brereton, who qualifies through Chilean grandparents. Brereton netted the winner over Bolivia which was vital in securing Chile passage into the next round.

However, their time in this competition may be short-lived as they are up against the hosts who have not yet been defeated in the tournament and who won the tournament the last time it was held in Brazil just a couple of years ago.

Brazil are still not quite at their very best just yet but the signs are there that they can click up through the gears at will and I would expect them to do that here against a tricky opponent, but one that I think will ultimately not have the legs to last against the host nation.

Prediction – Brazil to win 3-1 (12/1 with bet365)

  • Uruguay v Colombia (11pm Saturday July 3rd)

After making a somewhat slow start to this tournament, Uruguay have looked more like themselves in their last two games, winning both to secure a second place finish behind Argentina. Their reward is a game against a Colombia side that in truth, have struggled through the Group Stages.

Lacking a couple of key men, notably James Rodriguez in midfield, Colombia have looked a pale shadow of some of the great teams they have had in the past and their recent record against Uruguay is pretty poor too, with just two wins in their last dozen games against Luis Suarez and co.

I can’t see that record improving any here as I think while the teams look pretty well matched in defence and midfield, I think Uruguay have by far the more dangerous attack and that for me will be the difference that sees them into the semifinals.

Prediction – Uruguay to win 2-1 (9/1 with bet365)

  • Argentina v Ecuador (2am Sunday July 4th)

With Lionel Messi in fine form and a squad packed with superstars, Argentina look well set to go deep in this tournament and a dream final against Brazil does look on the cards. They face an Ecuador side that are better than their fourth place finish in Group B suggests but who do struggle for goals.

Ecuador did take a point from their game with Brazil and that will give them confidence heading into this game, but a knockout game is very different to a group stage game and I think that does very much play into the hands of Argentina.

As such, with Lionel Messi looking sharp and a stellar cast of supporting superstars around him, I would be very surprised if Argentina don’t win this one very comfortably.

Prediction – Argentina to win 3-0 (9/1 with bet365)

*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 11.15am on Tuesday 29th June 2021.