Pekerman aims for shock win against his former nation
The tie of the last-eight, on paper at least, awaits in Vina del Mar as favourites Argentina take on Colombia for a place in the semi-finals.
There will be more than just two squads packed full of quality going head-to-head with Colombia head coach Jose Pekerman enjoying a stint at the helm of La Albicelestes between 2004-06.
Both nations had ideas of winning the tournament but Argentina look the best positioned of the two going into Saturday’s match when comparing their respective form in the group stages.
Argentina cruised through with seven points after a blip in their opener against Paraguay while an off-target Colombia made it through to the knockout stages with four points but having scored just one goal, albeit in a slender victory against Brazil.
Gerardo Martino’s men should prove too strong and that is reflected in odds of 5/6 for the win.
Martino is set to bring top-scorer Sergio Aguero back into the starting eleven and with two goals already under his belt, the Manchester City man looks a good bet to open the scoring after some time on the sidelines at 9/2.
Lionel Messi has won everything with Barcelona but he is desperate to taste success with his country. He has helped pull the strings in Argentina’s possession-based game and is 21/20 to add to the sole goal he’s netted so far.
An Argentina clean sheet is tempting at 1/1 given Los Cafeteros’ poor form in front of goal, personified by Chelsea-bound Falcao’s failures in the starting line-up. A better bet on the scoring front for Colombia is for Real Madrid star James Rodriguez to score one of his thunderbolts at 3/1, while Atletico Madrid’s latest recruit Jackson Martinez is 14/5 to score anytime.
The match kicks off at 12.30am on Saturday, June 27th, at the Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar.