COPA America 2024: Monday’s Match Previews

Here are SBN’s tips and predictions for Monday, July 1st COPA America matches!

18/10 Mexico | Draw 18/10 | Ecuador 14/10 (02:00)

The final match of Group B on June 30th at State Farm Stadium is a pressure cooker. Both Mexico and Ecuador need a win to secure their spot in the Copa America knockout stages. El Tri has a solid defense, conceding only one goal in the tournament. Furthermore, they boast experienced players who have been to many Copa Americas before. Despite that wealth of experience, Lozano’s chargers finishing has been a major concern. They’ve only managed one goal in two matches despite creating chances. Their opponent Ecuador comes into the match as the group’s top scorer with four goals. They play an attacking brand of football with players like Kendry Paez in good form. Defensively, they’ve been leaky, conceding three goals which could prove costly and open the door for Mexico. I back a draw here.

32/10 Jamaica | Draw 2/1 | Venezuela 8/10 (02:00)
Jamaica may be out of contention for the Copa America knockout stages, but their final group stage clash on June 30th holds significance beyond just pride. The Reggae Boyz have had a disappointing tournament so far, losing both games and conceding four goals. Coach Hallgrimsson might use this match to experiment with fringe players, keeping an eye on upcoming qualifiers. Los Vinotintos on the other hand have defied expectations with two narrow victories from their opening two group games. Gonzalez could look to shake things up with a bit of squad rotation but will need to maintain the momentum and positive spirit within the squad. I expect this one to be a one-sided affair, with Venezuela claiming maximum points.