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Copa America Semi Finals Betting – Uruguay, Veneuzuela Should Meet In Final

Posted by Todd Shale on 7/20/2011 6:46:31 PM
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Online betting players have been treated to a few upsets in the Copa America, especially in the quarterfinals as the favorites, Argentina and Brazil, were knocked out on penalty kicks. Now it’s wide open as the final four prepares to kick things off on Tuesday, and it looks like a Uruguay-Venezuela final on Sunday. 


Peru Uruguay Betting – Tuesday, 8:45 PM ET (Ciudad De La Plata, La Plata, Argentina)

Uruguay are favored at -130 according to soccer betting odds in this contest, while Peru is listed at +340 and a draw comes in at +235, and these two have had some wide-open matches since the last Copa America. Peru has won two and drawn one of their last four meetings with Uruguay, including a 3-0 romp in Mexico in 2007, but Uruguay responded to thump Peru 6-0 at home the following year. Peru held on in regular time, then seized control in extra time for a 2-0 win over Colombia, and captain Juan Manuel Vargas has been pulling the strings in midfield while Paolo Guerrero has two goals for La Rojiblanca. Uruguay took down hosts Argentina in penalty kicks, with goalkeeper Fernando Muslera stopping Carlos Tevez during the shootout to lead the Charruas to the semifinals for the fourth straight time in the Copa America. Fullback Alvaro Pereira has a pair of goals, but the team also has Luis Suarez up front running the opposition defense ragged, while Diego Forlan has dropped a little deeper behind Suarez to fill the playmaking role.

Uruguay’s win over Argentina wasn’t that much of an upset, and they have emerged in the last year as one of the best teams in the world after last summer’s fourth-place finish in the World Cup. Peru’s goal has to be to slow down Forlan, but they also have to track Pereira, whose marauding runs can drag the defense out of position.  Peru will likely try to hit the Uruguayans on the counterattack and take advantage of the space behind their fullbacks, but will they be able to control the ball in midfield? Uruguay will have to make up for the loss of Diego Perez, who earned a red card against Argentina, but they have the quality up front to finish the chances they receive.

Betting Edge: Uruguay -130

Paraguay Venezuela Betting – Wednesday, 8:45 PM ET (Mundialista Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina)

Both of these teams were soccer betting underdogs heading into the quarterfinals, as Paraguay stunned the defending champions from Brazil, while Venezuela needed a late goal to take out Chile. Paraguay were aided by a Brazil team that couldn’t handle the pressure of a shootout as Brazil missed all four of their attempts. Brazil dominated the match, but Paraguay keeper Justo Villar was immense between the sticks, and as we all know, penalty kicks are a lottery. Venezuela took the game to Chile in an intense contest, and it was Gabriel Cichero’s 80th-minute marker that made the difference for La Vinotinto, who will get their best-ever finish in the Copa America, win or lose. They were the only side to never reach the World Cup, so Venezuela is essentially playing with house money because no one expected them to reach this point in the first place.

Paraguay is favored at -105 according to soccer odds, while Venezuela is rated at +260, and a draw comes in at +220, and these two may have had the best match of the tournament thus far in a 3-3 draw in the group stages. Paraguay now has two wins and two draws in their last five meetings with Venezuela, and all five games have had at least two goals, so these two may be a little more defensive considering what it at stake. Both teams have been getting goals from all over the place, which makes it difficult to mark them, but they can also sit back when they have to, and Venezuela’s back line has been marginally better than Paraguay, which is why they should pull off the sports betting upset.

Betting Edge: Venezuela +260

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