class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Recent encounters between Scaloni's men and the Selecao have been low-scoring affairs, and Al Hain-Cole expects a tight Copa America final
Argentina will be desperate to end their long wait for Copa America glory when they take on Brazil in Saturday’s final at the Maracana.
La Albiceleste won the last of their 14 titles way back in 1993 and have ended up on the losing side in four of the last six finals.
Argentina vs Brazil latest odds
Having run out 1-0 winners over this opposition in last year’s friendly encounter, Argentina are available at 11/4 (3.75) with bet365 to enjoy a long-awaited triumph on enemy territory.
Tite’s Brazil have won five of the last nine editions of this competition and are 11/10 (2.10) favourites to lift the trophy once again by coming out on top.
Two of the last three finals have been decided on penalties, and you can get odds of 9/4 (3.25) on this one also remaining all square after 90 minutes.
Argentina vs Brazil team news
The visitors are likely to stick with the same line-up that edged past Colombia on penalties in the semis, although Angel Di Maria and Alejandro Gomez will be pushing Nicolas Gonzalez for his place on the left of the front three.
Gabriel Jesus is ruled out of the final as he serves the second game of a two-match ban incurred for a dangerous red-card tackle in the quarter-final victory over Chile.
TV channel, live stream & how to watch
BBC Red Button BBC iPlayer
The BBC Red Button service will have the game on TV in the United Kingdom (UK). BBC iPlayer is the online streaming service providing live coverage.
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Although a face-off between these two giants would be the ideal final for any neutral, it seems unlikely that this encounter will be an entertaining festival of free-scoring football.
Indeed, none of their last five meetings have seen goals at both ends, with three of the most recent four seeing just a single goal scored.
More of the same seems likely given the strong defensive performances from both teams en route to the final, with Lionel Scaloni’s men having conceded just three times in six matches and the Selecao only twice.
Argentina vs Brazil tips & predictions
All in all, odds of 10/11 (1.91) look like the best bet on under 2.5 goals being scored and no more than one team getting on target for the fifth successive meeting between Brazil and Argentina.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.