Euros And Copa América Action For Soccer Bettors This Thursday

Written By Antonio Maza on July 21, 2022

More places in two international competitions are up for grabs Thursday between the European and the South American clashes. The 2022 CONMEBOL Copa América Femenina and the 2022 UEFA Women’s European Championship are the corresponding fixtures.

Brazil is already through to the Copa América semifinals while Peru has already been disqualified, but in the other two matches, advancement and elimination are on the line for the four teams. The Peruvians could make quite a statement with just a draw Thursday night, though.

How to watch, schedule, and the lines for Thursday

All times below are Eastern Daylight Savings. The Euros lines are from FanDuel and the Copa América lines are from BetRivers. All lines are valid as of 7 a.m. EDT on Thursday.

  • Euros: Germany (-390) vs. Austria (+850), 3 p.m., ESPN (Draw +460)
  • Copa América: Brazil (-10000) vs. Peru (+5000), 8 p.m., FS1 (Draw +2000)
  • Copa América: Argentina (+100) vs. Venezuela (+245), 8 p.m., FS2 (Draw +275)

Staunch Austrian, German defenses meet Thursday

This will be the first-ever meeting at the UEFA Women’s European Championships between Germany and Austria. Across all competitions, Germany has won both of its last two matches against Austria. The two teams with the all-time lowest goals conceded per game average at the Euros are Austria (0.25) and Germany (0.56), however, the latter has played 43 matches in the competition, compared to Austria’s eight.

Germany has won 15 of its last 16 matches beyond the group stage at the Euros, a run that dates back to the 1995 tournament. Austria has only lost one of its eight matches at the Euros, keeping a clean sheet in six of those appearances and shipping just two goals in the process.

Meanwhile, Germany is one of only two sides yet to concede a goal at this year’s Euros. As a matter of fact, they have faced just five shots on target from their opposition in three matches.

Brazil looks an overwhelming favorite Thursday

Brazil and Peru have met three times in the Copa América, all victories for the Canarinha. In the three times they met, Brazil always finished with a clean sheet. The Brazilians have never drawn in their group stage matches in Copa América with 28 wins and one defeat.

Across all competitions, Brazil has had more possession than its opponents in all of its last seven matches, averaging 58% of the total. Tamires (Brazil) has the most passes to teammates in the last two editions of the Copa América. On the other hand, Peru is the team that has been caught offside the most times in the 2022 Copa América.

Everything on the line for Argentina and Venezuela

Then it’s a decider between Venezuela and Argentina. The winner goes to the semifinals while the loser sees their time in this tournament come to a close.

Venezuela and Argentina have met just once before for Copa América play with the Albiceleste winning 2-0 in 2018. Should they draw or win against Argentina, Venezuela will achieve its best points haul in a Copa América group stage ever.

Argentina scored nine goals in its last two Copa América matches, four more than in the previous five matches combined. So far in the 2022 Copa América, Oriana Altuve (8) and Deyna Castellanos (9) have scored 17 times, just one less than the rest of Venezuela’s squad with 18.

Daiana Falfán is the Argentine player with the most recoveries in this year’s Copa América with 27.

Photo by Dolores Ochoa/Associated Press
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