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When Argentina takes on Brazil in World Cup qualifying, the rest of the globe stops to watch. Lionel Messi will be starting against a Neymar-less Brazil with the hope of clinching a spot in Qatar 2022.Both teams are undefeated, but Brazil is at the top of South American qualifying with 11 wins in 12 matches, which helped it clinch a World Cup berth in October. Argentina is six points behind, but a victory at home against archrival Brazil — and a combination of other results — could mathematically secure a ticket to Qatar.
Spain and Argentina are fighting for control of Group C at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, and the two teams will meet on the pitch on Wednesday. Spain leads all teams in the group with four points and has yet to concede a goal. Its defense remains stout after the 2020 European Championships, but goals are scarce. Argentina, who enters Wednesday's clash with three points, will look to take on the favorite to surge to the top of Group C. © Provided by CBS Sports
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Kickoff from Saitama Stadium is set for 7 a.m ET. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Spain as the -125 favorite (risk $125 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Spain vs. Argentina odds. Argentina is the +333 underdog and the over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before making any Argentina vs. Spain picks or 2020 Tokyo Olympics predictions, you need to see what soccer insider Martin Green has to say.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper, and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his expert soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated nearly $19,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season. He has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
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Now, Green has taken an in-depth look at Spain vs. Argentina and locked in his Olympics 2020 picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the 2020 Olympics odds and betting trends for Argentina vs. Spain:
- Spain vs. Argentina spread: Spain -0.5 (-120)
- Spain vs. Argentina over-under: 2.5 goals
- Spain vs. Argentina money line: Spain -125, Argentina +333, Draw +230
- ESP: Spain has allowed the opposing team to score more than one goal in one of its last 10 competitions
- ARG: Shamar Nicholson has eight goals in 21 international appearances
Why you should back Spain
Spain was one win away from making the final at the 2020 Euros and has retained an impressive crop of players for the Olympics. While all of Spain's brightest stars won't be in attendance, several young members of its squad can continue to build confidence on the international stage. Unai Simon, Pedri, Dani Olmo and others were able to thrive against senior teams and can do the same against less experienced players.
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Spain's defense is a steel trap and it thrives in possession as well by pinging the ball around at will. Expecting a young team that's had little time to mesh is a big ask. If Spain controls the flow of the game and has the better defense, it should be a shoo-in to get three points.
Why you should back Argentina
Argentina isn't without talent after its latest Copa America run and has already been able to get a quality result. Spain might be the more talented team on paper, but its reluctance to take risks by attacking aggressively often leads to low-scoring matches. Spain has plenty of creativity at its disposal, but that won't mean much if it can't capitalize on chances in enemy territory.
Argentina is coming off an impressive 1-0 victory over Egypt in its last outing. Defender Facundo Medina found the back of the net in the 52nd minute to secure all three points for La Albiceleste. The Argentines held possession for 54 percent of the game against Egypt and they held the Egyptians to just two shots on target. That was a major improvement from their first game against Australia, a game in which the Argentines gave up 13 total shots.
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How to make Argentina vs. Spain picks
Green has taken a close look at the Spain vs. Argentina matchup from all angles and is leaning under on the goal total. He also has revealed his in-depth 2020 Olympic Games analysis and two strong best bets. He's only sharing those Olympics picks at SportsLine.
So who wins Spain vs. Argentina? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for Wednesday's Argentina vs. Spain match, all from the soccer expert who has generated nearly $19,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons, and find out.
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