Argentina vs Canada Preview: Lionel Messi Kickstarts His Haunt for Copa America with a Match Against The Canucks

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
13 June 2024, 15:57

Argentina vs Canada

In the opening match of Copa America 2024, defending champions Argentina will face off against Canada at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. This match marks a significant moment for both teams: Argentina aims to begin their title defence on a strong note, while Canada is set to make a notable impact in their Copa America debut. Argentina, known for their fluid attacking style and robust defence, will likely leverage their experienced and classy lineup to control the pace of the game. On the other hand, Canada, under the new management of Jesse Marsch, aims to withstand the Argentinian efforts.

Argentina Team News

Argentina enters Copa America 2024 as the reigning champions, having won the previous edition and the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Lionel Messi, who continues to lead the team, is set to play in his 12th major international tournament. Despite recent struggles with a hamstring injury, Messi has been in fine form for Inter Miami, scoring 13 goals and providing 11 assists in 14 competitive matches this season. The Argentina vs Canada prediction will also consider that the squad also features key players like Ángel Di María, Lautaro Martínez, and Julián Álvarez, who have been instrumental in their respective leagues. Argentina's strategy will likely focus on quick transitions and strong wing play, aiming to impose their style early on against Canada. With a midfield capable of precise distribution, featuring Enzo Fernández and Ángel Di María and forwards, Lautaro Martínez and Leo Messi, known for their lethal finishing, Argentina is expected to dominate possession and create numerous scoring opportunities.

Canada Team News

Canada, making their debut in Copa America, qualified as one of six Concacaf guest nations. Under the guidance of Jesse Marsch, the team has shown renewed optimism and strategic discipline even though the team is still developing its distinctive display. Canada's squad features a mix of young talents and experienced players, with Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David being the standout names. Davies, known for his blistering pace and exceptional dribbling skills, is expected to play a crucial role on the left flank, while David will spearhead the attack, having scored 26 goals in 46 appearances for Canada.

Argentina vs Canada Prediction

Argentina Handicap -1

Argentina is one of the main favourites of the upcoming tournament and given its depth and quality of squad, is rightfully considered the favourite of the match against Canada as well, as per Argentina vs Canada odds. Canada, despite its improved tactical capabilities is still developing its display. Overall, taking into account the strength of Argentinian squad, it will be logical to see a solid display from the very first game of the tournament. This outcome can be picked up at MrPlay at 1.55

Total Goals Argentina Over 1.5

Having such heavyweights in attack as Messi and Martínez, the White and Sky Blues do not have problems with scoring goals no matter the strength of the opponent. Thus, the team scored at least twice in its 6 out of 10 last official matches. Canada, on the other hand, does not have cohesive defensive display, conceding from such teams as Jamaica and Kuba. Given the status and class of Argentinian team, they will have plenty of opportunities to score at least two goals, an option that comes at 1.53 at MrPlay

Argentina To Score in the First Half

Argentinians are prone to scoring in the first half and taking the reigns of the game in the hands from the very beginning. The team has scored in the first half in their 7 out of 10 last official matches, including scoring in the first 45 minutes in every match of the knockout stage of the 2022 World Cup. This determination is likely to be continued in the upcoming match, as the Argentinian tactics did not change since then. For this Argentina vs Canada tip, MrPlay gives 1.52

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