Copa America Centenario 2016- Semifinal USA vs. ARG
United States vs. Argentina June 21, 2016- 9:00 PM ET (TV FS1) NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
The underdog United States will take to the pitch on Tuesday night in a pivotal semifinal fixture against a powerful Argentina team as these Copa America foes will clash at NRG Stadium in Houston with the betting lines as follow;
Best USA Lines: BetOnline ML (+480) Spread +1
Best Argentina Lines: BetOnline ML (-196) Spread -1
Draw: +310 Over/Under: BetOnline 2.5
Though, not given much of a chance against world power Argentina led by the great Lionel Messi, USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann feels the Americans have what it takes to pull off the upset over the South Americans and win the whole thing on US soil.
Team USA earned their way into the semifinal with a 2-1 victory over Ecuador, while Argentina pounded Venezuela 4-1 behind the foot of Messi, who tied the national scoring record of 54 goals.
The winner of this crucial match will face the winner of Chile versus Colombia in next Monday’s Copa America championship.
And while the Argentinians are seeking to end a 23-year Copa America drought, coming close last year only to fall to Chile on penalty kicks, the road for the US team just got a lot tougher as they learned they will be without the services of both Bobby Wood and Jermaine Jones. Also, Alejandro Bedoya (yellow card accumulation) will be out of action.
Jones was ejected against Ecuador, while Wood received his second yellow card of the tournament making them both ineligible as they both lost their appeals.
Klinsmann believes his Stars and Stripes team is battle-tested with having to play tough games around the globe, but this is an Argentinian team poised and ready to not only get back to the final match but this time win it all as they clearly been the best team in the tournament with a 4-0-0 mark while outscoring their opponents 14-2.
Do the Americans have two more games of magic they can pull off to win it all in front of the home crowd? A win against the powerful Argentinians will be a massive achievement for the USMNT as they have made just one previous appearance in the final of a major international tournament.
No doubt, team USA will have the backing of a wild American crowd on hand, but will it be enough against the foot of Messi and Company? Taking a look at the betting action, BetOnline is favoring ARG (-196 ML) over USA with an over/under of 2.5 total game goals scored with the draw +310.
Staying away from the moneyline in this fixture, I will favor the OVER of 2.5 total game goals scored as my betting pick for this semifinal.