🌎 Argentina vs Chile: Match preview, key stats & predicted XIs in a crunch Copa América opener
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🌎 Argentina vs Chile: Match preview, key stats & predicted XIs in a crunch Copa América opener

Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos plays host to Argentina vs Chile tonight in a heavyweight Copa América clash.

The world will be watching, so here's all the info you need to make some well-informed picks with betPawa.

📰 Background

The 47th Copa América - the world’s oldest continuous running international football competition - sees Argentina open their campaign in Rio de Janeiro, a city in which they lost the 2014 World Cup final. 

First up for Lionel Scaloni's men is a clash with Chile, who made life very difficult for his side just ten days ago when they held them to a 1-1 draw in a World Cup qualifier. A dramatic 2-2 draw with Colombia last week means that La Albiceleste hasn't won a match in 2021.

Back-to-back Copa América winners in 2015 and 2016, Chile come into this tournament looking to win just the third title in their history but they've also been plagued with inconsistency in the buildup to this year's edition. Head coach Martin Lasarte will lean heavily on the core of veterans Alexis Sánchez, Arturo Vidal, Claudio Bravo and Gary Medel in his squad as they look to reclaim a title they last won five years ago. 

🔮 Likely XIs

🇦🇷 Argentina (433):

Martínez; Montiel, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; Lo Celso, Paredes, De Paul; Messi, Martínez, Di María

🇨🇱 Chile (442):

Bravo; Isla, Medel, Maripán, Mena; Pulgar, Vidal, Aránguiz, Meneses; Vargas, Sánchez

🔑 Key betting stats

  • A total of 55 yellow cards and four reds were dished out across the last eight meetings between these great rivals.
  • Incredibly, Lionel Messi hasn’t scored for Argentina from open play since June 2018.

  • Chile's Guillermo Maripán was the top-scoring centre-back (five goals) across Europe’s top-five divisions for Monaco in 2020-21. 
  • La Albiceleste is looking for its first major trophy since winning this tournament in 1993, and they’ve lost four Copa finals since, including two vs Chile after losing on penalties following 0-0 draws.

💶 Our pick: Under 2.5 goals

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