Argentina will kick off their Copa America 2021 campaign with a difficult match versus Chile on Monday. The Argentines are one of the favourites to win the Copa America this summer and end the trophy drought that Lionel Messi has suffered as a member of the squad. Messi has never won the Copa America tournament but finished as a runner-up in previous editions.

Chile last won the Copa America in 2015 and 2016. In both finals of the Copa America, Chile defeated Argentina. These teams played just a few days ago on June 3 in CONMEBOL World Cup 2022 qualifying. The match finished 1-1 with Chile coming from behind to cancel out a Messi penalty. Alexis Sanchez scored the goal to give Chile a share of the spoils.

Argentina go into the Copa America following back-to-back draws in CONMEBOL World Cup 2022 qualifying. Their 1-1 draw with Chile was followed by a 2-2 draw versus Colombia on June 8. Chile also drew their two CONMEBOL World Cup 2022 qualifiers. Following the draw with Argentina, Chile could only manage a 1-1 stalemate with Bolivia.

Argentina and Chile are in Group A at the Copa America alongside Bolivia, Uruguay, and Paraguay. On paper, Group A looks far more difficult than Group B. Despite having Messi in the side along with Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria, Argentina could struggle in Group A.

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Goals have been hard to come by for Argentina. Despite the quality attacking players, they are having difficulty getting through defences in the final third. Just nine goals have been scored by Argentina in their last six games. Yes, Argentina are unbeaten in those six games, but they have not played to the level expected of them.

Leading sportsbooks have Argentina at odds of 5/7 to win the match against Chile at full-time. The Sky Blues have dominated their series of matches against Chile throughout their history. Argentina have posted a record of 61W-24D-8L. Lionel Scaloni’s team will fancy a win versus Chile based on their history. However, the teams drew 1-1 earlier this month. It could be a precursor for the result on Monday.

Chile are at odds of 5/1 to win the match versus Argentina in their first match of the Copa America tournament. Chile did not have a good 2020, but this year has been much better. They won 2-1 versus Bolivia to start the year before drawing their last two matches in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.

Manager Martin Lasarte has a good team at his disposal, but the squad is ageing. Ten players in the squad are 30-years-old or older. The worrying part for Lasarte is that the team’s key players are all over 30. Gary Medel, Eduardo Vargas, Alexis Sanchez, and Arturo Vidal are all still major influences on the team. Due to their ages and the amount of football played over the last 12 months, age and fatigue could play a major factor as the tournament carries on.

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Vidal missed out the CONMEBOL World Cup 2022 qualifying due to a positive COVID-19 test. He is now available to Lasarte and in the squad. His inclusion comes as a bit of a shock after reportedly being admitted to hospital last week with COVID-19. Real Betis goalkeeper and team captain Claudio Bravo will be in net to anchor the defence.

One of the most interesting players to be called up to the Chile squad is Ben Brereton. The Blackburn Rovers forward was born in England to an English father and Chilean mother. He is just 22-years-old and could come up big for Chile this summer if Lasarte is looking for fresh legs.

Aguero, Di Maria, and Messi headlined the Argentina squad at this summer’s Copa America. The national team are seeking their first major title since 1993. Villarreal Defender Juan Foyth and Seville forward Lucas Ocampos are absentees from the 28-player Argentina squad. The duo was regular inclusions in Scaloni’s team, but due to both missing chunks of 2020-21 through injury, Foyth and Ocampos will not play at the Copa America.

Messi has not had a great 2021 for the national team. He has scored just one goal in two matches with the strike coming from the penalty spot. His last two goals for the Sky Blues have come from the penalty spot.

Argentina vs Chile Prediction

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These teams played just days ago in CONMEBOL World Cup 2022 qualifying. Argentina scored a penalty courtesy of Lionel Messi. In the 36th minute, Chile scored an equaliser through Alexis Sanchez. The two teams could both score once more in a very competitive first match of the Copa America. Four of Argentina’s last six matches ended with both teams scoring.

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Alexis Sanchez may be a bit part player for Inter Milan, but he is still a major part of the Chilean national team. Sanchez scored seven goals and tallied eight assists in 38 matches for Inter Milan. Yes, Inter Milan did win the Serie A title, but Sanchez’s impact wasn’t as high as in years past at Barcelona and/or Arsenal. Sanchez will be a key player for Chile this summer.

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These teams played out a 1-1 draw in CONMEBOL World Cup 2022 qualifying on June 3. Their match at the Copa America 2021 should be cagey and close between the sides. We may be in store for more goals this time around as Argentina seek a big Group A matchday 1 victory over Chile.

Argentina really need to get off to a good start. Scaloni needs the side to finish first or second in the group. If they do, Argentina will avoid Brazil in the quarterfinals – as long as Brazil finish first in Group B.

Chile won’t be easy to defeat and Monday’s game could finish as a score draw, just as the previous match between them did. Chile’s last two matches both ended in draws.