It’s Argentina vs Bolivia in another featured match, Tuesday in Group D of the Copa America 2016 with the Argentine team looking to lock up the top spot in the group.
Argentina is already assured of its place in the quarterfinals with two wins over Chile and Panama so there is not much pressure on them. However a loss is certainly not an option and would be embarrassing for them either.
Bolivia meanwhile has nothing to play for, losing against Chile in its game on Friday. It was the second straight game in which the team faltered late in the game and wound up losing 2-1.
Argentina has the edge
History favors Argentina on this match as it dominated Bolivia throughout their previous meetings with 26 wins.
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Argentina is currently on a three-game winning streak against Bolivia, with all three victories coming in the last year.
Copa America 2016 predictions and odds favor Argentina on this meeting expecting it to continue its display of strong performance and eventually defeating Bolivia.
Messi is back
You cannot talk about Argentina without mentioning its superstar Lionel Messi, who was the big story in its 5-0 win over Panama.
Argentina Coach Martino opted to bring Messi on the later part of the match to potentially put the game against Panama away. He rose up to the occasion, scoring three goals before he had played for 30 minutes on the field.
If he continues to play the way he did, then Argentina will have no trouble in this match.
There is a possibility though that Messi will not be playing with no big stake on the line for the Albiceleste.
In light of the rather controversial upset loss by Brazil against Peru through what seemingly was a handball or illegal ball by Peru’s Raul Ruidiaz, what is the possibility that Bolivia upsets Argentina in this match?
With Messi putting a dazzling performance on the field in its game against Panama and Argentina assured of a place in the Copa America 2016 quarterfinals, an upset really is close to nil.
An Argentina loss would be embarrassing at the very least yet even that is far fetch given that Bolivia has been defeated by teams that the Albiceleste and Messi had already conquered.