USA fought and clawed its way to the Copa America Centenario Semifinal. The U.S., participants due to this being Copa America’s 100th year, face mighty Argentina in what could go down as the most important match in U.S. soccer history. The game kicks off at 9:00 pm ET on June 21. It takes place at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
To say that is a surprise is an understatement. The US looked terrible in its first game when losing 0 to 2 to Colombia. USA bounced back with a stunning 4 to 0 win over tough Costa Rica before a 1 to 0 win over Paraguay.
Argentina made it look easy on its way to the Copa America Semifinal. The Argentinians downed FIFA 3rd ranked Chile 2 to 1. They dominated Japan 5 to 0. Then, they beat Bolivia 3 to 0 in the elimination round.
A Closer Look at How To Bet the USA Vs Argentina Copa America Centenario Semifinal
What: Copa America Centenario Semifinals
United States vs Argentina
When: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Where: Houston, Texas
Stadium: NRG Stadium
Spread: Argentina -1
Moneyline: USA +750 vs Argentina -220, Draw +225
Game Total: 2.5
Watch: FOX Sports, Univision, Univision Deportes
Stream: Fox Sports Go
As to be expected, Argentina is a heavy favorite to beat USA on June 21. USA is at +750. Argentina is at -220. Argentina is a big enough favorite where USA is at +1 +100 on the handicap. They’re at even money if the United States loses by only 1 goal to the Argentinians.
Why Bet Team USA at +750
They’ve got heart. This is sort of like Vanderbilt battling Alabama in SEC Football. That’s how big of the difference there is from the USA side to the Argentinian side. USA doesn’t have a player close to the caliber of Javier Mascherano, who might be the third or fourth best player on Argentina’s team. USA will need to control possession and play smart soccer. They can’t make any mistakes against Lionel Messi and Argentina.
Why Bet Argentina at -220
Argentina is loaded. They almost beat Germany in the 2014 World Cup Final without their second best player, Sergio Aguero, at 100%. Led by Lionel Messi, the Argentinians have every right to win Copa America Centenario outright due to sheer talent. It’s actually surprising that they are only a -220 favorite on the moneyline.
My Copa America Semifinal Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Lebron James had to beat an excellent team all by himself in Game 7 of the NBA Finals this past Sunday night. Think of a team with Lebron, Carmelo, Dwayne Wade and Steph Curry and you’re close to what Argentina has.
Argentina isn’t that good. But they are playing USA who isn’t close to being the Golden State Warriors in soccer, either. USA is probably comparable to the Atlanta Hawks. Wouldn’t you take a team with Lebron and Steph over the Atlanta Hawks?
The problem that USA has is that they are overmatched with Messi on the sidelines. Because the best player in the world will be on the pitch, USA should be in a world of hurt. Messi and his buds are hungry for a major tournament championship after dropping the World Cup to Germany.
Argentina wins in style.