Chile’s Arturo Vidal, left, looks at Uruguay’s Luis Suarez at the end of a Copa America soccer match at Arena Pantanal stadium in Cuiaba, Brazil, Monday, June 21, 2021. The match ended 1-1.(AP Photo/Andre Penner)
- Bottom team Bolivia takes on misfiring Uruguayan superstars in Brazil at 5:00 pm ET on Thursday
- Chile is in second spot and meets fourth-placed Paraguayans later on Thursday at 8:00 pm ET
- See all odds & best bets for Bolivia vs Uruguay and Chile vs Paraguay Copa America Group A
The Copa America in Brazil is heading towards the conclusion of its group stage with Argentina on top of Group A and the host nation Brazil heading Group B.
Four teams from each five-team group progress to the quarterfinals. See our preview of two of the big matches here.
Bolivia vs Paraguay Odds
|Bolivia vs Uruguay||BOL +2.5 (-265) | URU -2.5 (+210)||BOL +1300 | URU -420 | DRAW +480||Ov 2.5 (-141) | Un 2.5 (+114)|
Odds taken on June 23 at DraftKings
Bolivia vs Uruguay Prediction
Bolivia and Uruguay will be seeking their first wins when they meet in a tussle of the strugglers in Group A of the Copa America in Brazil on Thursday.
After two straight defeats, Bolivia is bottom of the five-team table and is staring at elimination from the competition.
Uruguay, meanwhile, at least claimed its first point with a 1-1 draw against Chile and is in fourth place. That followed a 1-0 opening game defeat in Argentina.
In truth, the Uruguayans should be doing better with a line-up that includes superstar forwards Luis Suarez of Atletico Madrid and Edinson Cavani of Manchester United.
On Thursday – Uruguay will play once again in the Arena Pantanal in Cuiabá when they face Bolivia 🇧🇴
This stadium hosted 4 #FIFA World Cup matches in 2014 pic.twitter.com/JinTo95tAC
— Uruguay Football ENG (@UruguayFootENG) June 22, 2021
The oddsmakers at DraftKings consequently make it a massive favorite for Thursday’s game at – 420.
Bolivia, meanwhile, is an extreme outsider at +1300 with the draw at +420. The game kicks off in Cuiaba at 5:00 pm ET.
In such a market, the best value lies in taking a chance on the +210 offered for Uruguay to end its drought and win by three goals or more. (Asian Handicap -2.5).
Despite its glittering array of fire-power, Uruguay has scored just once at the competition.
A win against Bolivia would confirm Uruguay’s place in the next round.
However, despite its glittering array of fire-power, Uruguay has scored just once at the competition – with Suarez on target against Chile.
Furthermore, this was the side’s first goal in a depressing run of five matches without a win.
Before that, a goal from Guido Rodriguez of Real Betis handed Argentina 1-0 defeat of Uruguay.
Defensively, however, there has been some satisfaction with two clean sheets in Uruguay’s five games without a win.
Bolivia lost its opening Group A game 1-0 against Chile. Then it succumbed 2-1 against Peru.
Rodrigo Bentancur and Sebastian Coates, champions in Italy and Portugal, training with Uruguay in Dutrinha ahead of Thursday’s match vs. Bolivia 🇧🇴 pic.twitter.com/LdntsfjgZR
— Uruguay Football ENG (@UruguayFootENG) June 23, 2021
It has won only once in its last 13 competitive games while drawing three times.
Its only goal at the Copa America so far came from a penalty.
The Uruguayans, furthermore, were 4-2 winners the last time these nations met in 2017. And, in fact, striker Suarez has hit the net against them on four occasions.
So, to sum up, Uruguay’s forwards must come good at some point and this looks like it could be the moment for it to happen.
Pick: Uruguay -2.5 (+210)
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Chile vs Paraguay Prediction
Chile has already confirmed its place in the last eight ahead of its meeting with Paraguay in the capital city of Brasilia on Thursday.
After one win and two draws, Chile sits in second place in Group A behind leaders Argentina.
Meanwhile, Paraguay has won once and lost once and lies in third place.
Chile vs Paraguay Odds
|Chile vs Paraguay||CHI -0.75 (+210) | PAR +0.75 (-265)||CHI +145 | PAR +250 | DRAW +180||Ov 1.5 (-200) | Un 1.5 (+160)|
It, too, is confident of progression with two more fixtures to play as it seeks to finish as high as possible to gain a favorable quarterfinal. draw.
At DraftKings, Chile is, therefore, a +145 favorite for its fourth game of the competition.
Paraguay is, at the same time, priced at +250 with the draw ahead of the 8:00 pm ET kick-off priced at +180 and looking like the best value on offer.
Chile has been performing solidly since it began the competition with a commendable 1-1 draw against mighty Argentina.
🇨🇱 Blackburn forward Ben Brereton (Diaz) scored the winner on his first start for Chile against Bolivia last night 👏
What a story! 😂⚽️#Rovers | #CopaAmerica
— Football League Zone (@TheFLZone) June 19, 2021
Paraguay also began with an uplifting result although its 3-1 win was against a poor Bolivian side.
Then, subsequently, there came a narrow 1-0 defeat by Argentina.
Chile’s following results were a 1-0 defeat of Bolivia and a 1-1 draw against Uruguay.
Chile is a resolute side and is unbeaten in six matches with two wins and four draws.
However, Chile is another of the competition’s teams that can struggle for goals with only one scored in each of its last five fixtures.
That said, it is a resolute side and is unbeaten in six matches with two wins and four draws.
Paraguay come from behind to beat Bolivia 3-1 in Copa America https://t.co/p6edrzWvuM
— TOI Sports News (@TOISportsNews) June 15, 2021
Paraguay, similarly, is also a solid side. While it has won only twice in its last nine games, there have been five draws during that spell and only two defeats.
It will be eager to avoid finishing fourth the group to avoid a last-eight meeting with Group B leaders Brazil.
Paraguay was a 3-0 winner the last time these teams net in 2017. But, in conclusion, both sides’ recent form and the nature of the competition suggest a draw is most likely here.
Pick: Draw +180
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