Argentina won its 14th Copa America title in 1993, pulling within one of Uruguay for the most championships in the history of the competition. The squad had four opportunities over the last six tournaments to add to its total but failed each time, including twice against Brazil. Argentina gets another chance on Saturday as it visits Brazil for the 2021 Copa America final. The Argentines nearly reached the final for the third straight time in 2019 but dropped a 2-0 decision in the semifinals against Brazil, which went on to capture the crown -- giving it nine overall Copa America championships and five in as many times it hosted the tournament.
Kickoff from Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro is set for 8 p.m. ET. Brazil is listed as the +115 favorite (risk ($100 to win $115) on the money line in the latest Brazil vs. Argentina odds at William Hill Sportsbook, while Argentina is the +275 underdog. The over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before making any Argentina vs. Brazil picks or 2021 Copa America predictions, you have to see what soccer insider Martin Green has to say.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper, and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his expert soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated nearly $19,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season. He has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
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Now, Green has taken an in-depth look at Brazil vs Argentina and revealed his Copa America 2021 picks. You can head to SportsLine now to see those picks. Here are the 2021 Copa America betting odds and trends for Argentina vs Brazil:
- Brazil vs. Argentina spread: Brazil -0.5 (+115)
- Brazil vs. Argentina over-under: 1.5 goals (under +140, over -170)
- Brazil vs Argentina 90-minute money line: Brazil +115, Argentina +280, Draw +210
- BRA: Is riding a 13-game unbeaten streak (12 wins, one draw) since a 1-0 loss to Argentina in a friendly in November 2019
- ARG: Has gone 19 matches without a loss (11 wins, eight draws) since falling to Brazil in the 2019 Copa America semifinals
Why you should back Brazil
Brazil has been the best team in the tournament at both ends of the pitch, ranking first with 12 goals and tied for the top spot with two tallies allowed. Brazil has posted back-to-back clean sheets to raise its total to four in 2021 Copa America and 10 during its current 13-game unbeaten streak, allowing only three goals during the run. Brazil will be without striker Gabriel Jesus, who received a two-game suspension for receiving a red card in the quarterfinal win over Chile, but the team still has plenty of offensive options.
The top one is Neymar, who has recorded two goals and a team-best three assists in five contests during the tournament. The 29-year-old superstar will be trying his best to score as he has gone three matches without a tally after notching seven during a five-game streak, including five over a trio of World Cup Qualifiers. Lucas Paqueta has picked up the slack, however, as he produced both goals in back-to-back 1-0 triumphs over Chile and Peru after being kept off the scoresheet in each of his first three 2021 Copa America contests.
Why you should back Argentina
The Argentines also possess a dangerous offense, as they are just one goal behind Brazil with 11. The biggest key to their success is clearly Lionel Messi, who is first in the competition in both goals (four) and assists (five). The 34-year-old superstar has been especially dynamic of late, registering three tallies and four assists over his last three matches.
Messi can etch his name in the history book Saturday as he is one goal away from tying Brazilian legend Pele for most international tallies (77) in South American history. He hasn't been the only one carrying the load for Argentina, however, as Lautaro Martinez has been doing his part of late. The 23-year-old forward, who was second on Inter Milan of Italy's Serie A in 2020-21 with 17 goals, has converted in each of the Argentines' last three matches.
How to make Argentina vs. Brazil picks
Green has taken a close look at the Brazil vs. Argentina Copa America matchup from all angles and he's picking the under 2.5 goals at -190. He also has revealed his in-depth Copa America 2021 expert analysis and two other strong best bets for this matchup, one of which returns plus money. He's only sharing those picks at SportsLine.
So who wins Argentina vs. Brazil in the 2021 Copa America final on Saturday? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for Saturday's Brazil vs. Argentina match, all from the soccer expert who has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the world, and find out.