The game that no one wants to play features losing semi-finalists Argentina and Chile, who meet on Saturday for the bronze medal at the 2019 Copa America. Despite the circumstances, it could be a feisty affair between two countries who don’t see eye to eye.
Where and when: Arena Corinthians – 6 July, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Argentina vs. Chile: Premier Sports, William Hill live streaming
Last time: These countries last met just over two years ago, with Lionel Messi scoring the only goal of the game in a World Cup qualifier in Buenos Aires.
Argentina v Chile Predictions and Preview
Chile’s quest to match Argentina’s feat of completing a hat-trick of Copa America titles ended as they limped out with a 3-0 semi-final defeat to Peru. La Albiceleste meanwhile went down 2-0 to hosts Brazil, as Messi’s desperate hunt for an international trophy goes on.
The Barcelona superstar will have a great chance of completing his mission on home soil in next summer’s Copa America, but first the Argentina captain will look to sign off in Brazil with third place sewn up. Lionel Scaloni’s side have underwhelmed so far in this tournament though, while their talisman’s goalscoring record in knockout ties has been called into question once more.
Hardly a man with much to prove, the criticism will no doubt sting. La Albiceleste’s No 10 needs better support from the rest of his team though, otherwise they could be in for another disappointing result. Despite that, Argentina start as the 10/11 odds-on favourites for the win inside 90 minutes.
|Lionel Messi to score a hat-trick||28/1||Offer|
|Argentina to win 2-0||19/2||Offer|
|Alexis Sanchez to score first||8/1||Offer|
Chile meanwhile are 7/2, after a hugely disappointing defeat in the semis. Their big guns failed to fire, which was a similar story to the quarter-finals where they beat Uruguay on penalties after a goalless draw. With that in mind, and Argentina’s low goal return this summer, an under 2.5 goals bet looks promising here at 11/10.
It’ll be interesting to see whether the two managers decide to shake their teams up with this fixture not really holding a great deal of significance. Paulo Dybala will certainly hope for more game time after only getting five minutes at the end against Brazil. Watford’s Roberto Pereyra is another who may push for a start, while Nicolas Castillo could come into the Chile line-up.
Considering bragging rights are all that are up for grabs on Saturday, we could be in for a dull occasion. On the other hand, there’s no love lost between these two countries, and tempers could become frayed after the disappointment of their semi-final exits. It’s 14/5 for there to be a sending off in this match.
Two of the last three Copa America meetings between these teams have ended in goalless draws, with Chile winning the 2015 and 2016 finals on penalties. This one is 11/4 to finish all square after 90 minutes, with a 0-0 priced at 12/1. Argentina are 4/9 to win by any method, while Chile are 12/1 to win on penalties once again.
One to watch for Argentina: Lautaro Martinez’s performances have been one of the brighter aspects of Argentina’s campaign, with the Inter Milan forward netting two goals and remaining in the hunt to finish as the tournament’s top scorer. He is 11/2 to open the scoring for his country for the third time this summer.
One to watch for Chile: Whether he feels like he’s in the shop window, or just saves his best for his national team, Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has been in good form in Brazil. He’s also bagged two goals in the competition, and is 8/1 to break the deadlock in this third-place play-off.
Long shot: With the pressure off, could we finally see the very best of Lionel Messi in the Copa America? One of the greatest players the game’s ever seen, he’s 28/1 to resoundingly answer his critics by helping himself to a hat-trick on Saturday.