Our prediction for this Copa America match:
Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos will host the Copa America clash between Argentina and Chile, who meet for the second time in seven days. La Albiceleste aim to kick off their Copa America campaign in style, and, no doubt, the nominal hosts will once again rely on Barcelona ace Leo Messi. Inter attacker Lautaro Martinez is widely expected to lead the line for Argentina, while Angel Di Maria should be recalled to the starting XI after sitting out the World Cup qualifier against Colombia.
La Roja, on the other hand, dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Bolivia on Wednesday, with the team failing to turn their dominance into victory. Arturo Vidal missed the Bolivia game due to the lack of fitness, but he should recover in time to face Argentina. Yet another man to watch in the away team will be Inter attacker Alexis Sanchez. Anyhow, the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, and we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Lionel Messi):
Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best players in the history of football. He was born on 24 June, 1987 in Rosario and he began his football career at Newell’s Old Boys. At age 10 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, but having realized his potential at a young age, Barcelona decided to pay for his treatment.
Messi joined Barca in 2001 and he has been playing for the Camp Nou outfit ever since. The Argentine magician has won eight La Liga trophies with Barca and he helped the Catalan giants lift no less than four Champions League titles (2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, 2014/2015).
In the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign Messi scored 50 goals for Barca, while netting 14 goals in the 2011/2012 Champions League campaign. The five-time Golden Ball award winner has established himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, but he has yet to win a trophy with Argentina national team at major tournaments. Leo Messi, though, has won Olympic Gold Medal (2008) and FIFA World Youth Championship (2005), with la Albiceleste.
Highlighted Team (Chile):
The Chilean Football Federation has been established in 1895 while Chile’s first-ever international game was a 3-1 loss to Argentina in 1910. The two countries formed a remarkable rivalry over the years and it was exactly against Argentina that Chile won their last major trophy – a 2015 Copa America title.
Prior to their 2015 title Chile had been runners-up in the competition on four different occasions. Chile triumphed in a dramatic final on penalty kicks to reach their first tournament championship. In a symbolic turn of events, Chile start their 2016 Copa America Centenario with a rematch against Argentina. The most capped player of the Chile national team is Barcelona goalkeeper who has past his 100-match mark with the squad he has been a part of since 2004.
Former Lazio and Juventus striker, the legendary Marcelo Salas is the leading scorer with 37 goals to his name. Key player to the current set up is Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez who has been the team’s leader on the pitch since 2006.