Chile vs Argentina Preview: Argentina Aims To Solidify Its Spot In The Playoffs

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
24 June 2024, 16:40

Chile vs Argentina

The Copa America clash between Chile and Argentina will take place at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Argentina comes into this match with a strong performance in their opening game, a 2-0 victory over Canada. They dominated possession and showcased the attacking process, with goals from Julia Álvarez and Lautaro Martínez. On the other hand, Chile struggled to find the back of the net in their 0-0 draw against Peru, despite controlling much of the game. Despite that Argentina is an obvious favourite, as per Chile vs Argentina odds, this match will be crucial for both teams as they navigate the group stage of the tournament. 

Chile Team News

Chile's performance in their opening match against Peru was underwhelming, ending in a goalless draw. Despite holding more than 60% possession and taking 11 shots, only one was on target, highlighting their struggles in front of goal. This lack of finishing has been a recurring issue for Chile, as they have failed to score in their last three Copa America fixtures dating back to 2021. Coach Ricardo Gareca will be looking to his experienced players like Alexis Sánchez and Eduardo Vargas to lead the team. However, there are concerns over the fitness of Diego Valdés, who was substituted at halftime in the previous match due to a knock. Additionally, Sánchez, Víctor Dávila, and Erik Pulgar are at risk of suspension if they receive another yellowcard. Chile will need to improve their attacking efficiency and maintain their defensive solidity to stand a chance against Argentina. 

Argentina Team News

Argentina enters this match in high spirits after a convincing 2-0 win over Canada. The team, led by Lionel Messi, who is likely playing in his last major tournament, has shown its determination and solidity in the first match. Messi, despite struggling with muscular injuries since the World Cup, remains a pivotal figure for Argentina. The team also boasts a strong defensive record, having conceded only two goals in their last six matches. The squad also features promising young talents such as Alejandro Garnacho and Valentín Barco, who are expected to play significant roles in the tournament. A win against Chile would not only secure their place in the knockout stages but also continue their momentum as they aim to defend their Copa America title.

Chile vs Argentina Prediction

Argentina Handicap -1

Despite all the scandals surrounding the team since World Cup 2022, Argentina is still one of the main contenders for the Copa America 2024, proving it with a hefty display on the field. After a great second half against Canada, which was still a subject to debate, as the team showed up on the pitch quite late, the White and Sky Blues will attempt to show similar build-up in the match against Chile. Historically, Chile was not among the easiest opponents for Argentina, with only two narrow wins (2-1) out of the last 5 matches. However, this time, as Chile struggles to be cohesive, Argentina has all the chances to succeed relatively easily, if converting the chances. This Chile vs Argentina tip comes at 1.71 at MrPlay.

Total Goals Over 2

Chile was unlucky in their first match, as they had only 1 shot on target, however, the team looked pretty decent in their attacking display, lacking only the chance for the shot. Argentina's defence, unlike Peruvian, is less saturated, thus providing a room for manoeuvre for La Roja’s strikers. As for the White and Sky Blues, their attacking prowess does not need additional introduction, showcasing their capabilities in the first match. 4 out of 5 last head-to-head matches saw at least 2 goals scored and this match is unlikely to become an exception. This total can be picked at MrPlay at 1.53.

Lionel Messi To Score 

Lionel Messi has one more task close in Copa America - to become its best goalscorer in history. Now having 13 goals, he needs 5 more to become the all-time top scorer, surpassing Zizinho and Norberto, who have 18 goals each. With this tournament likely to become the last for Leo, his teammates are likely keen to help Messi to break another record before the end of his international career. This Chile vs Argentina prediction comes at 2.10 at MrPlay.

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