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Copa America: Day 3


 

 Paraguay V Colombia (KO. 11.35pm)

Just as last night’s clash between Ecuador and Chile was a key game because of the two heavyweights they share their group with, so it will be again this evening as Paraguay take on Colombia. Widely regarded as South America’s third best team, Paraguay will be hoping that they aid their escape from Group C with a win tonight. Last night’s game between Ecuador and Chile turned out to be an absolute cracker

(see goals here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAWFj_oL_AI)

and we can only hope for more of the same. Paraguay look the more likely team to do the business tonight but this could well prove to be a blessing in disguise for Colombia as thefc100 usually gets one right and one wrong prediction per evening. Paraguay will have star player, Roque Santa Cruz, leading their attack and hoping to have a better time than he did for Munich last season. Paraguay report no notable absentees and should be confident.

Colombia, tipped by thefc100 to finish bottom of the group (https://thefc100.wordpress.com/2007/06/19/the-copa-america-2007/) will need to be firing on all cylinders this evening. It has been reported that coach Jorge Luis Pinto is focusing his attention on the next World Cup having picked a young squad, the majority of which are based in South America. This competition should act more as an interview to shape a squad capable of reaching the world’s premier tournament. Southampton’s John Viafara and Bordeaux’s Edixon Perea are likely to start to give a young squad some experience. One to watch though is 20yr old Radamel Falcao Garcia. The River Plate attacker is seen as Colombia’s great footballing hope and has been described by some as a “thoroughbred striker”. Keep your eyes peeled.

Prediction: Paraguay 3 – 1 Colombia

 

A relaxed Argentina preparing for the Copa America

Argentina V USA (KO. 1.45pm)

The bookies favourites will aim to capitalise on Brazil’s slip up last night and coach Alfio basile is going about it the right way if his starting eleven is anything to go by. Crespo and Messi start up fron with Veron and Riquelme making things happen in the middle along with Cambiasso and Mascherano. The back four is intimidating if nothing else with Ayala, Milito, Heinze and Zanetti protecting Abbondanzieri’s onion sack. Wow. Argentina’s preparations have been well documented (https://thefc100.wordpress.com/2007/06/19/the-copa-america-2007/) and tonight should see them start the way they mean to go on. Riquelme, having reneged on his international retirement should out to impress having dropped off the scene for the last season i.e. he left Europe. The last time Argentina won the Copa America was Basile’s last time in charge and there has been a severe trophy drought since that triumph fourteen years ago. Although Basile favours attacking football Argentina have been slow to socre since the last World Cup but in-form Messi will be hoping to rectify the situation.

 

Landon Donavan gets intense… actually a bit too much so… ewwww…

The USA arrive in venezuela having just won the Gold Cup, beating Mexico in the final, not more than a week ago. New coach, Bob Bradley, has said that only about half of the players from the Gold Cup squad will be in the Copa America squad which means between 8 and 12 players will play in both tournaments. How the US aim to remain competitive we would be delighted to find out. Landon Donavan has travelled and is likely to show his face tonight. The man who seems like he has been around for 40 years despite only being 25 will need to be in good form if the US are to acheive Bradley’s dream of reaching “the second round”. In fact Bradley’s motives need to be questioned full stop when you consider the following statement from the US tactician “We understand our responsibility to put out a competitive team. Our aim, as always, in tournaments of this sort, is to qualify for the second round. And then we’ll see.” Competitive? Not very likely. While thefc100 believes, deep in its footballing soul, that Argentina will hand out a footballing lesson to remember, we shall show restraint after lsat night’s result. While watchin the Argies deliver a thorough dismantling watch out for American 21yr old, Jonathan Bornstein. He played more minutes than any other outfield player in MLS last season, scored six goals and was voted MLS rookie of the year. Should be able to string a pass or two together then eh?

Prediction: Argentina 2 – 1 USA

Thefc100 will be back tomorrow to explain predictions gone awry.


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