Kick-off: 2200, 18/06/2021
Stadium: Arena Pantanal
TV: BBC Digital
Chile can get the better of Bolivia when the pair meet at the Copa America less than two weeks after a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw between the sides.
Marcelo Martins’ late penalty earned Bolivia a point after Erick Pulgar had put Chile ahead.
However, Chile were impressive in holding Argentina to a 1-1 draw in their opening game of this tournament, while Bolivia were beaten 3-1 by Paraguay after having Jaume Cuellar sent off.
In what could be an open affair, we’re taking 13/5 for La Roja to prevail and both teams to score in our first Chile vs Bolivia prediction.
A Look At Chile’s Betting Odds
Winners of the 2015 and 2016 Copa Americas, Chile’s expectations are slightly lower this time around given a number of key players are approaching the end of their careers.
The likes of Mauricio Isla, Claudio Bravo, Alexis Sanchez, Gary Medel and Arturo Vidal – who were involved in both triumphs – are all the wrong side of 30 and no longer at the peak of their powers.
Chile have only lost one of their last seven matches, although four of those have ended in draws, and they have scored at least once in their last nine games.
Blackburn’s Ben Brereton, who qualifies for Chile through his mother, made his debut as a substitute against Argentina and will hope to feature again.
Eduardo Vargas equalised against La Albiceleste when pouncing on the rebound after Vidal’s penalty was tipped onto the bar.
Vidal had been on a good scoring run in internationals, though, netting four times in as many World Cup qualifiers last winter.
Looking at the Chile vs Bolivia odds, we like 5/1 for the Inter Milan midfielder to break the deadlock.
A Look At Bolivia’s Betting Odds
Bolivia have failed to progress past the group stage at eight of the last nine Copa Americas, winning only once in 27 games in the process.
They threatened to improve that dismal recent record when Erwin Saavedra’s penalty put them ahead after 10 minutes against Paraguay.
However, Cuellar was shown a second yellow card on the stoke of half-time and Bolivia – without seven first-team players due to Covid – were unable to resist relentless Paraguay pressure after the break.
Captain and star striker Marcelo Moreno missed the opener due to coronavirus protocols but should return to boost an attack that has scored in eight successive games – although only winning one of them.
Let’s finish off our Chile vs Bolivia betting tips by taking 19/10 for La Roja to win and over 3.5 combined goals in the match.
Argentina 1-1 CHILE – Vargas
Paraguay 3-1 BOLIVIA – Saavedra (pen)
Head-to-head: Chile 1-1 Bolivia, Chile 2-1 Bolivia, Bolivia 1-0 Chile, Chile 3-0 Bolivia.
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