Argentina vs Canada Prediction: Martinez to open proceedings again

 | Tuesday 9th July 2024, 14:46pm

Tuesday 9th July 2024, 14:46pm

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Argentina go head-to-head with Canada in their Copa America semi-final in New Jersey on Wednesday (01:00, Premier Sports 1), looking to reach a second-successive final. 

Both teams made it to the last four by winning penalty shoot-outs with La Albiceleste defeating Ecuador and the Canucks beating Venezuela, with both games finishing 1-1 in 90 minutes. Read on for my Argentina vs Canada prediction, accompanied by match odds and team news.

Argentina vs Canada Betting Tips

  • Argentina and under 2.5 goals @ 9/5
  • Lautaro Martinez first goalscorer @ 7/2

Argentina vs Canada Odds

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Argentina are the 3/10 favourites to win this tie in regulation time, which gives them a theoretical chance of 76.9%. Canada are valued at 17/2, giving them an implied probability of 10.5%. The draw is available at 100/30 (23.1%).

Both teams to score is on offer at 6/4 and over 2.5 goals is marketed at 10/11.

Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez leads the way in the scoring charts with four goals already. He is 13/10 to score anytime in New Jersey.

Copa America Odds

Team News

La Albiceleste star man Lionel Messi is likely to hold his place in attack after returning to the lineup against Ecuador last time out, while Martinez should join him in attack over Manchester City's Julian Alvarez.

Angel Di Maria was an unused substitute last time out so he will be feeling fresh for this semi-final clash and hoping to play a part and help his side reach the final for the second tournament running.

For Canada, Tajon Buchanan is a doubt to feature after the Inter Milan man broke his tibia in training in the days before their quarter-final with Venezuela.

Ali Ahmed came into the XI in that match, replacing Richie Laryea on the right side of the midfield.

Argentina and under 2.5 goals @ 9/5

Argentina look primed to reach the Copa America final again and they have cultivated that winning mentality in the last three years in both this tournament and the World Cup that separates them from the rest.

Both sides have done well to get to this point, Canada, especially, but Jesse Marsch's side are going to have their work cut out for them for if they are to pull off a huge upset.

Lionel Scaloni has the trust of his Argentina players and he in turn has faith in them. There is a great understanding between the coach and players which has allowed this group to flourish in the past couple of years.

That trust they have built up is such a huge benefit to La Albiceleste, which is why they are so strong. I am backing them to win this semi-final tie in 90 minutes because they do boast more quality in their ranks than Canada, but the Canucks will certainly give them a game. Having also beaten Canada already in this tournament, the psychological aspect is also likely to play a part.

I think under 2.5 goals is worth backing too. Not just to enhance the odds of this selection, but because Argentina won the group stage clash 2-0 and none of their games have seen more than two goals scored.

Argentina and under 2.5 goals at 9/5 Lautaro Martinez first goalscorer @ 7/2

What a tournament this man is having. Four goals to his name already and is leading the way in the race for the Golden Boot. Argentina largely have him to thank for being in this position again and I don't think the goals have run out for him just yet in the USA.

Martinez has scored in all four matches at the Copa America so far, which means his confidence will be sky-high. He has opened the scoring in three of them, which is why I think it would be sensible to back him to grab the first goal on Wednesday.

It offers better value than him to score anytime, and with the form he is in, no one is more likely to score in this contest than him.

Lautaro Martinez firat goalacorer at 7/2 Offers

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