Mexico are narrow favorites Saturday night when they take on defending Copa America champions Chile for a spot in the semifinals. Mexico cruised through group play, while Chile needed the final day of the round to secure passage.
Here’s a look at all the betting information you need to know, along with a prediction for Saturday night:
Mexico vs. Chile Betting Info
Spread: Pick, with Mexico -130 & Chile even
Moneyline: Mexico (+155), Chile (+190), Draw (+215)
Over/Under: Over 2 (-150), Under 2 (+120)
Mexico went 2-1-0 in Group C to extend their unbeaten run to 22 games. They still have not been defeated since Copa America 2015, a tournament that saw host nation Chile raise the trophy.
Things have gone backwards since then, as Mexico have gone unbeaten and Chile have struggled. A managerial change hasn’t been fruitful, as La Roja have won just three of their last seven matches.
Chile lost to Argentina in their opening match, but showed resilience in their final two matches to finish with six points. They looked their best in the must-win finale against Panama, when Alexis Sanchez scored a brace and Chile looked like the dangerous team that won the whole thing last year.
Alexis will be tested by Mexico’s defense, which has only allowed two goals in the tournament. Osorio’s lineup has been-defense first in the tournament, but used three different keepers during group play. Alfredo Talavera started the opener against Uruguay, but Guillermo Ochoa is the favorite to start in Santa Clara.
Mexico have started slow in two of their group matches, but can’t afford the same pace against Chile. Neither team will want to give anything away, so expect a nervous first half with the game opening up as it progresses.
I still think this is Mexico’s tournament to lose. They’ll have a strong fan presence in Santa Clara, and should have just enough to send Chile packing. But if this goes to penalties, I like the experience of Bravo/Vidal/Sanchez to progress.
Prediction: 2-0 Mexico
Best Bet: Jesus Corona scores Mexico’s first goal (+600)
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