Euros And Copa America Finals Preview And Big Match Tips

By Ian John
July 10, 2021

After a summer of football, this weekend sees the culmination of the two big tournaments that have taken place across June and July.

First off, in the early hours of Sunday morning (1am UK time), hosts Brazil will meet their fierce rivals Argentina in the final of the Copa America and then this will be followed later on in the day by the Euro 2020 final as Italy take on England at Wembley (kick off time, 8pm).

After what has been two exciting and at times dramatic tournaments, we are now down to the final game where the destination of the two continental trophies will be decided. Unsurprisingly given the two big games, it also promises to be a very big weekend for football betting punters too.

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So with that in mind, let’s now take a look at how the action is set to unfold, starting with the first of the two games taking place in the early hours of Sunday morning UK time.

Copa America Final Preview

Brazil v Argentina

The two biggest teams and rivals in South America clash for what will be the eleventh time in a Copa America final, although it has generally been a rare occurrence for the two teams to meet in the modern tournament, which features many more teams.

Argentina have won eight of those finals, all of the first eight in fact in 1919, 1921, 1925, 1937, 1945, 1946, 1957 and 1959. Since then they have met twice in finals, Brazil winning both in 2004 and 2007.

Leonel Scaloni’s team have won the trophy on 14 occasions, with Brazil having 9 wins. Argentina’s last win though came back in 1993, while Brazil have won the trophy on five occasions since then, including the last time it was held back in 2019.

Historically the teams have met 105 times in total, Argentina winning 38, Brazil 41 and 26 games between the two have been drawn.

Argentina’s Copa America 2021 Form

  • Argentina 1-1 Chile – Messi (33)
  • Argentina 1-0 Uruguay – Rodriguez (13)
  • Argentina 1-0 Paraguay – Dario Gomez (10)
  • Argentina 4-1 Bolivia – Dario Gomez (6), Messi (33 (p), 42), Martinez (65)

Argentina finished top of Group A with 10 points from their four games.

  • Argentina 3-0 Ecuador – De Paul (40), Martinez (84), Messi (90)
  • Argentina 1-1 Colombia – Martinez (7) – Argentina win 3-2 on penalties

Brazil’s Copa America 2021 Form

  • Brazil 3-0 Venezuela – Marquinhos (23), Neymar (64 p), Barbosa (89)
  • Brazil 4-0 Peru – Sandro (12), Neymar (68), Ribeiro (89), Richarlison (90)
  • Brazil 2-1 Colombia – Firmino (78), Casemiro (90)
  • Brazil 1-1 Ecuador – Militao (37)

Brazil finished top of Group B with 10 points from their four matches.

  • Brazil 1-0 Chile – Paqueta (46)
  • Brazil 1-0 Peru – Paqueta (35)

Brazil V Argentina Preview & Tips

So how do we see this clash between the two superpowers of South American soccer panning out? Brazil seem to have the advantage in that they played a day earlier than Argentina, were not taken to extra time by Peru in their semi-final and also have the advantage of playing at home.

However, Argentina are desperate to end their long wait for a Copa America title and they also have the player of the tournament so far, Lionel Messi in their ranks.

The teams did meet in the semifinals back in 2019, when Brazil were 2-1 winners with Jesus and Firmino getting the goals but something tells me that this isn’t going to be Brazil’s night.

As such, I am backing Argentina to land a surprise win here (14/5) and I think they will do so by a 2-1 scoreline (12/1).

Euro 2020 Final Preview

Italy v England

The two best teams of Euro 2020 have made it through to the final, with Italy continuing their incredible unbeaten run to 34 games, now putting that to the test against an England side who will be contesting only their second major tournament final in the country’s history.

Unsurprisingly, the teams have not met in a major final before, but they have met in the finals of major tournaments and in 2012, 2014, 1990 and 1980, Italy have always emerged as the winner.

The last two games between the teams have both finished in 1-1 draws, both in Italy and at Wembley but in truth, both sides are much changed from the last game, which took place in March 2018.

Italy’s Euro 2020 Form

  • Italy 3-0 Turkey – Demiral OG (53), Immobile (68), Insigne (79)
  • Italy 3-0 Switzerland – Locatelli (26,52), Immobile (89)
  • Italy 1-0 Wales – Pessina (39)

Italy finished top of Group A winning all three of their matches without conceding a goal.

  • Italy 2-1 Austria (aet) – Chiesa (95), Pessina (105)
  • Italy 2-1 Belgium – Barella (31), Insigne (44)
  • Italy 1-1 Spain (aet) – Chiesa (60) – Italy won 4-2 on penalties.

England’s Euro 2020 Form

  • England 1-0 Croatia – Sterling (57)
  • England 0-0 Scotland
  • England 1-0 Czech Republic – Sterling (12)

England finished top of Group D with seven points from their three games without conceding a goal.

  • England 2-0 Germany – Sterling (75), Kane (86)
  • England 4-0 Ukraine – Kane (4,50), Maguire (46), Henderson (63)
  • England 2-1 Denmark (aet) – Kjaer OG (39), Kane (104)

Italy v England Preview & Tips

This should be an incredibly exciting game, especially for England fans who will get to see their team contest a major final for the first time in 55 years. Italian fans have not seen their team lift this trophy since 1968, so they will be very keen for the Azzuri to break that long run here.

Historically, Italy have had much the better of these fixtures when the two teams have met in major finals, winning on all four occasions, once on penalties. However, this England team have taken great delight in smashing a few of these unwanted records over the past few years and they are playing with a new level of confidence that other England sides of the past have not had.

Against Austria, Belgium and Spain, Italy did show plenty of threat but also struggled for periods and they were especially lucky to come through against Spain in their semi final. So while England will be wary, they will know this Italian team can be beaten.

It will likely be a tight game, but I think England can do it and so I am backing them to win this game 2-1.

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