MX23RW : Wednesday, August 4 07:33:40| >> :600:1898283:1898283:
Jun 14, 2021 at 10pm UK
Messi (33')
Martinez (30'), Martinez (62')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Vargas (57')
Isla (25'), Pulgar (32'), Vidal (35')

Preview: Argentina vs. Chile - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Monday's Copa America clash between Argentina and Chile, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Argentina's Copa America campaign gets underway on Monday night with a stern test in the form of an opener against regional neighbours Chile at Rio de Janeiro's Estadio Nilton Santos.

Argentina come into this tournament on the back of an unbeaten run that stretches all the way back to 2019. However, the national team have not managed to win the Copa America since 1993, almost thirty years ago.

Match preview

Argentina's Leandro Paredes celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates on June 8, 2021© Reuters

Ever since the country's early 2018 World Cup exit under Jorge Sampaoli against France, Argentina have come a long way under new head coach Lionel Scaloni and hopes are high coming into this tournament.

The firm favourites in Group B, which comprises the continent's southern nations, Argentina will have to pick up points against the likes of Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia if they are to progress to the next round.

However, first and foremost La Albiceleste face Chile, a side who made life very difficult for Scaloni's men just days ago when they held them to a 1-1 draw in a World Cup qualification game.

Despite Argentina looking by far the more complete side, Scaloni's team struggled to break down their Chilean opposition.

A dramatic 2-2 draw with Colombia last week means that La Albiceleste come into this tournament without having won a game in 2021.

Chile's Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring their first goal with Gary Medel on June 4, 2021© Reuters

Back-to-back Copa America winners in 2015 and 2016, Chile come into this tournament looking to win just the third title in their history.

Despite the half-decade that has passed since their last title, Chile's starting 11 remains very much the same, with the old guard of Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas leading the line and Claudio Bravo, Gary Medel and Mauricio Isla making up the defence.

Head coach Martin Lasarte does not appear too concerned with his ageing squad and will look to utilise the talents of these fan favourites to win back the title from holders and hosts Brazil.

Following their draw with Argentina earlier this month, Chile were held again by Bolivia in a 1-1 stalemate just days ago, with midfielder Erick Pulgar finding the back of the net for La Roja.

Much like their neighbours Argentina, Chile find themselves blowing hot and cold on the eve of this tournament, and Lasarte will know that his side will need to up the ante if they are to achieve anything this summer.

Argentina form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • D

Chile form (all competitions):
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • D

Team News

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni after the match on June 8, 2021© Reuters

Scaloni announced a strong squad this week that included the likes of Papu, Angel Correa, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero alongside megastar Lionel Messi.

Notable absentees from the squad included promising Aston Villa attacker Emiliano Buendia and highly-rated Sevilla forward Lucas Ocampos.

Even with the addition of Aguero, Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez could still partner Messi in attack.

As for Chile, Lasarte is expected to opt for four at the back like he did against La Albiceleste earlier this month, partnering Medel with Guillermo Maripan.

Pulgar and Bayer Leverkusen's Charles Aranguiz are likely to provide cover for the defence in central midfield.

Argentina possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Montiel, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; Lo Celso, Paredes, De Paul; Messi, Martinez, Di Maria

Chile possible starting lineup:
Bravo; Isla, Medel, Maripan, Mena; Pulgar, Vidal, Aranguiz, Meneses; Vargas, Sanchez

SM words green background

We say: Argentina 1-0 Chile

In what will be a tough opening test for both of these nations, viewers will likely be in for a cagey 90 minutes of football. We think Argentina will edge this one, but it will be by narrow margins.

Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at are predicting a double chance bet on a home win or an away win in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Home/Away:data

ID:451084:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:collect10209:

How you voted: Argentina vs Chile

Collect / Create New Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Chile's Alexis Sanchez in action with Uruguay's Giovanni Gonzalez at the Copa America on June 24, 2019
Read Next:
How Chile could line up against Colombia
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Olympic medal table header
CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
United StatesUnited States25292276
Great BritainGreat Britain14181547
Today's Olympic highlights header

Wednesday's key events

· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

> Today's schedule in full
Todays Game Header Right

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!