Table-topping Argentina head into the final matchday of the group stage unbeaten and looking to consolidate first place, with Lionel Scaloni’s side bouncing back from a disappointing 1-1 draw with Chile in their first match to produce consecutive 1-0s.
La Albiceleste kickstarted their tournament in predictable fashion, with Lionel Messi opening the nation’s account with a jaw-dropping free-kick past the experienced Claudio Bravo, before they became the architects of their own downfall, conceding a needless penalty which Chile converted after Arturo Vidal’s initial spot-kick was saved. Since then, however, Argentina have broke the deadlock twice, but held out against Uruguay and Paraguay.
Bolivia meanwhile have endured a difficult time at Copa America, suffering three straight defeats and conceding six goals, scoring just once. Their latest defeat to Uruguay confirmed their elimination from the tournament, so they head to Cuiaba with little on the line other than pride.
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Bolivia vs Argentina: Match Stats
Argentina haven’t steamrollered teams as you would expect of a nation boasting the world-class attacking quality at Scaloni’s disposal, instead following a more pragmatic route and grinding out 1-0 wins. It is difficult to replicate the swashbuckling, pressing football we see at club level given how little time international managers spend with their players, so an ability to get consistent results is a good habit to get into.
As it stands, Argentina top Group A but having only netted three goals, though just the single goal conceded matches Brazil in Group B as the best defensive record at the tournament so far. With Bolivia finding the target just once, via a penalty, it is hard to see them breaching Emiliano Martinez’s net.
Bolivia vs Argentina: Corner Stats
So far, Argentina have managed nearly six corners per match at Copa America, racking up seven and eight against Chile and Uruguay respectively before accumulating just two in the 1-0 win over Paraguay last time out. Interestingly, Paraguay received nine corners in that game.
For Bolivia their best return is three corners in the defeat to Uruguay, receiving two apiece in their opening two games. In each of their games at Copa America the opposite nation have outgunned them when it comes to the corner count.
Bolivia vs Argentina: Cards Stats
It’s been a card-fest for those with the name Martinez, with Emiliano, Lisandro and Lautaro all picking up bookings in Argentina’s three games. Giovani Lo Celso, Joaquin Correa and Leandro Paredes have also all been given a telling off by the referee.
Jaume Cuellar was sent off in Bolivia’s first game, with his nation leading at the time, before Paraguay exploited their numerical advantage and ran out 3-1 victors. As for yellows, La Verde have accumulated seven to Argentina’s six.
13 Oct 2020 – Bolivia 1-2 Argentina – World Cup Qualifying
28 Mar 2017 – Bolivia 2-0 Argentina – World Cup Qualifying
15 Jun 2016 – Argentina 3-0 Bolivia – Copa America
30 Mar 2016 – Argentina 2-0 Bolivia – World Cup Qualifying
05 Sep 2015 – Argentina 7-0 Bolivia – International Friendly
This has been a relatively favourable fixture for Argentina, who have won 26 of their 38 meetings, but a recent 2-0 reversal in the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign saw Bolivia take advantage of Messi’s absence. Goals from Juan Carlos Arce and Marcelo Martins secured the win in 2017, but Argentina got revenge in autumn’s qualifier for Qatar 2022, with Lautaro Martinez and Correa getting the job done.