Final yr’s Copa America finalists Argentina and Chile face-off of their opening fixture of Copa America Centenario 2016 on the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Monday night.
Argentina have 15 Copa America title to their title, one lower than file match winners Uruguay. They’re additionally the pre-tournament favourites and approaching the again on a superb run. The Albiceleste are on a four match win streak and are unbeaten of their final 6. That they had misplaced simply as soon as of their final 9 matches and are the workforce to beat on this prestigious event.
The defending Copa America champions Chile are on a disastrous run of outcomes they usually had been crushed in every of the 2 warm-up matches for the preparation of the match in USA. The bottom level is their 2-1 loss to the minnows Jamaica, whom they have been anticipated to beat with ease. The La Roja had additionally misplaced 4 of their final 5 matches with only one win in opposition to Venezuela sandwiched between the pair of losses.
Lionel Messi is but to totally recuperate from the harm and sources confirmed that he is not going to begin for Argentina of their Copa America Centenario conflict towards Chile. He will likely be current within the substitute bench, however not anticipated to characteristic at any level within the match. Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan is the anticipated substitute in Messi’s absence.
Gonzalo Higuain, who scored 36 objectives for Napoli this season is predicted to start out within the assault forward of Sergio Aguero.
Chile head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has no main harm worries, however there are slight health considerations on midfield duo Arturo Vidal and Marcelo Diaz. However each are anticipated to start out in Monday’s encounter.
Alexis Sanchez stays their key determine in assault, after the likes of Eduardo Vargas, Mauricio Pinilla and Fabian Orellana didn’t impress within the warm-up matches.
Argentina are the strongest squad within the match and can go in as heavy favourites. The deadly type of Gonzalo Higuain have to be notably highlighted, and the likes of Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero are able to turning a match round on their very own.
Chile are trying like an detached crew below new supervisor Juan Antonio Pizzi. Their current outcomes additionally recommend that also they are on the threat on an early exit if considered one of Panama or Bolivia can pull off a shock. The attacking play is especially a fear, with Alexis Sanchez being the one participant who seemed energetic within the final two fixtures.
However each groups have loads of high quality of their squad, however Chile in the mean time are fully switched off. A win for Argentina is the doubtless final result on Tuesday and count on them to attain a minimum of 2 objectives.