Argentina begin their quest for a 15th Copa America title when they face Chile on Monday at 10pm (UK time).
Only Uruguay (15) have won Copa America more times than Argentina, but La Albiceleste have lost their past four final appearances including in consecutive years against Chile in 2015 and 2016.
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Where to watch Argentina vs Chile on TV:
- UK: BBC iPlayer
- US: Fox Sports 1
Scoreline prediction: Argentina 1-1 Chile
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Argentina vs Chile build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Argentina have been stuck on 14 Copa America victories since 1993, when they were the most successful side in the tournament’s history. They have faced pain in more recent years but Argentina will be looking to put that behind them and get back to glorious ways. Argentina, who were supposed to host Copa America, go into the tournament after a decent start to World Cup qualifying, winning three and drawing three of their opening six games to sit second in the group behind only Brazil. However, their recent two games, also used as warm-up for Copa America, saw Argentina draw with Colombia and Monday’s opponents Chile.
Unlike Argentina, Chile haven’t had too much success in Copa America, winning the tournament twice – but both wins came at their opponents’ expense. Chile have also had a poor start to World Cup qualifying, winning just one of their six games so far, drawing three and losing twice. As a result, they are currently seventh in the Conmebol group, two points off the automatic spot and inter-confederation play-off place. But that will be put to one side now as they look to avoid being one of the two teams bow out of the Copa America group stage.
- Argentina (vs Colombia): Martinez*; Montiel, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; Lo Celso, Paredes, De Paul; Messi, Martinez, Gonzalez.
- Chile (vs Bolivia): Bravo; Medel, Maripan, Sierralta; Isla, Aranguiz, Pulgar, Mena; Meneses, Vargas, Sanchez.
Emiliano Martinez had to come off against Colombia due to a head injury and, although he travelled back to Buenos Aires with the squad, he is a doubt for Monday’s game.
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Players to watch:
- Argentina: He’s had to wait for it, but 2021 Copa America looks almost certain to be Lionel Messi‘s last chance for continental glory. The mercurial forward will turn 34 in under two weeks and despite still being one of the best players in the world, performing at a high level, his playing career is winding down. For everything he has achieved at club level, and he has achieved everything, the one thing missing from Messi trophy cabinet is glory with Argentina – and that is often used to downplay his greatness. Messi did also score in the most recent meeting with Chile, opening the scoring in a 1-1 draw.
- Chile: Also on the scoresheet in that match, grabbing Chile’s equaliser, was Messi’s former Barcelona teammate Alexis Sanchez. Unlike Messi, Sanchez has enjoyed the glory at international level, being part of Chile’s two Copa America-winning sides, scoring the winning penalty in the shootout victory over Argentina in 2015’s final. Sanchez did have a slightly underwhelming season at club level, scoring seven goals and recording seven assists for Inter Milan in Serie A, but it did end in glory as they won the title – Sanchez’s first league glory in eight years. And he remains Chile’s main man, scoring three goals in his past six appearances.