Brazil Vs. Argentina Heats Up The Copa América Saturday

Written By Antonio Maza on July 9, 2022

A new edition of the Superclásico and a clash of two teams looking to surprise the continent is on the menu for this Saturday in the Copa América. Legal Canadian and US sportsbooks like BetRivers and SugarHouse have markets on both matches.

There are massive favorites in both contests, which start at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. EDT. FOX Soccer Plus has a broadcast of the later match in the United States and Univision Canada will air both of Saturday’s matches.

Upstarts meet up to start the action on Saturday

In the first match, Venezuela and Uruguay will look to start the tournament on the right foot. This will be the third match between them, all wins to Venezuela so far, with the previous contests happening in 2010 and 2014. Also, Venezuela has won the last two debut matches in the Copa América, after failing to do so in the first five.

Uruguay has a good attack with interesting youngsters. Excluding the teams that qualified for the next round in 2018, Uruguay was the team with the most shots on target and surely will look to replicate that performance this year.

Venezuela on the other hand had a great defensive performance in 2018 and despite not qualifying for the final round, only conceded six times. Both teams had great wins coming into this tournament as well. BetRivers likes Venezuela in this one handily.

Superclásico takes the stage later

Then, Brazil vs Argentina. Argentina vs. Brazil. One of the most anticipated matches in any sport, probably the biggest rivalry in the world.

These two teams met 10 times in Copa América, with eight wins for Brazil and two for Argentina. But in context, Argentina is the only team to ever win against La Canarinha in the competition and the only team to win the cup and prevent a 9/9 for Brazil.

If Brazil avoids defeat, they will extend their current run of unbeaten matches in the Copa América to 11 games. It’s the second-longest for the team, only behind the 22 matches between 1991 and 2006.

Argentina has tools at its disposal. The center-back pairing had the most clearances in the 2018 Copa América. Aldana Cometti made 36 while Agustina Barroso made 35. Soledad Jaimes was the player with more shots on target from inside the box in the last edition, with 11, scoring five times, followed by Bia Zaneratto from Brazil with nine shots and six goals.

Meanwhile, Brazil, led by Debinha in the attack, had a great preparation against Sweden and Denmark, losing both contests but showing great football and attacking intent. Brazil is the clear favorite but if you want to put some good money on both teams scoring, especially with the return of Estefanía Banini to Argentina, that makes a lot of sense.

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