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Uruguay vs. Jamaica: Unfortunately, this game will be very hard to read due to the fact that both teams have been eliminated from advancing further into the tournament. This “playing for nothing” mentality will likely lead to lineup changes. However, this matchup does offer a great opportunity for value. Since we won’t know who will be starting Monday night, don’t be afraid to tweet our soccer writers covering Copa America for more tailored advice: @TorresDavid93 @DFSoccer_
Mexico vs. Venezuela: Both teams in this contest are fighting for first place and ultimately a better shot at the championship, so we believe this matchup will offer some high quality performances. We like a players from each side, but let’s begin with Venezuela. Alejandro Guerra ($5,700), whose price dropped by $400, is the set piece taker for the Venezuelan side and is also one of the attacking threats. For El Tri, there are a couple of options based off of what we’ve seen thus far throughout Copa America. One of them is a mid-salary play in Mexican captain Andres Guardado ($5,300); as he returns from suspension, he will likely be back on set-piece duty and play the entire game because of his extended rest. Also, although Venezuela have yet to allow a goal, we can’t help but take a look at Chicharito ($10,200). He got on the scoresheet last game and was on our lineups last time out; our team likes his chances to do the same again. With Mexico being the attacking team that they are, he will have plenty of chances to score against a Venezuelan team who hasn’t played against such an attacking team like Mexico.
Fridays Copa America slate is full of goal scoring potential with two huge mismatches facing off against each other. We have the likes of Argentina vs. Panama and Chile vs. Bolivia; at first glance you see the two huge favorites Chile and Argentina, both these teams are full of talent and could easily blowout their opponents.
Chile is the defending champion in this tournament, but since they won the Copa America a lot has changed. The biggest change was Chile losing their coach Jorge Sampaoli; Chile has not started off this tournament the way they would have liked. Chile is coming off a 3-1 loss to Argentina where they underperformed the majority of the match and were lucky to get a goal in the dying moments of the match. However, they will be facing Bolivia in their next match and there is no question that Bolivia is a much weaker side than Argentina. With this in mind you should look to Chile’s attack for a good source of goals. Chile’s main attacking threat is Arsenal man Alexis Sanchez (DK: $9,800), who is coming off a great season where he picked up 17 goals and 9 assists in all competitions. With Alexis Sanchez being on the expensive side, another Chile attacker that should be considered is Eduardo Vargas (DK: $6,100). With Chile having the potential to score a good amount of goals against a weak Bolivia side, Vargas can’t be ignored. Lastly, someone that normally gets overlooked is Arturo Vidal (DK: $7,300) who is also coming off of a great season with his new Club Bayern Munich; Vidal put up 7 goals and 8 assists in all competitions last season. He is very capable of producing goals and he is the man that will take the penalty kicks for Chile should the opportunity present itself.
Argentina was the finalist in the last Copa America where they ended up losing to Chile. Argentina has started off this Copa America terrifically beating the defending champions 3-1. They did this without their star player Lionel Messi (DK: $11,600) who is once again going to miss another game for Argentina. Argentina will have an easier task in their next match where they will face Panama. With Argentina likely to score multiple goals in this game, look to their offense for some goal scorers. With Lionel Messi likely to miss out, someone is going to have to step up and this was touched on in a previous Must-have article but our research suggest the man to do it will be Angel Di Maria (DK: $9,500). Nicholas Gaitan (DK: $7,500) should be considered, but there are goal-scoring threats with greater upside in the Argentine offense such as Gonzalo Higuain (DK: $9,200) and Sergio Aguero (DK: $9,000). Higuain is in great form coming off his best season where he scored 39 goals in all competitions for Seria A side Napoli; he is most likely going to get the start again against Panama and is very capable of scoring against a weak Panamanian side. Aguero is coming off a great season as well, Higuain will most likely start ahead of him but should he get the start he is someone that merits a lot of consideration when you build your lineups. Lastly, someone that is almost never talked about is Ever Banega (DK: $5,900); Banega is a set-piece specialist and he should be the man to take the set pieces that favor a right-footed player. Banega also has great vision and loves to put players through on goal with his sublime passing. He is coming off of arguably his best season after winning the Europa league yet again; he is also very capable of scoring as a midfielder having scored 8 goals for Sevilla last season.
Venezuela vs. Jamaica: This game will be tough to call because there really isn’t a lot of information available for us to determine who will perform, but there are some players that should be on your radar. One of those is Juanpi (DK: $3,600), who plays in La Liga and has had some standout performances when given a start. On the Reggae side, there aren’t very many options as they are a counter-attacking team, but consider Joel Grant (DK: $4,800) who came into the squad last week and scored against a resilient Chile side.
Mexico vs. Uruguay: This game will be much more entertaining than any other game this tournament. To start, Uruguay is missing their star forward, and we expect much of his production to be replaced by Carlos Sanchez (DK: $9,600), who racks up peripheral stats and is a work horse. He has been one of the best midfielders in Liga MX, which is ironically his opposition tonight playing against Mexico. Moving on to the Mexican side, you can’t ignore Miguel Layun (DK: $5,800), who tears up the wing on whatever side he is on with crosses and shots. This game should be very offensive so we like the stack of Mexico and/or Uruguay.