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Argentina vs Chile: La Albiceleste look in better shape

Kick-off: 2200, 14/06/2021

Stadium: Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos

TV: BBC digital

Argentina beat Chile in the third-place play-off at the 2019 Copa America and can pick up where they left off at the start of this summer’s tournament.

These teams drew 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier recently, with Lionel Messi converting a 23rd-minute penalty and Alexis Sanchez levelling 13 minutes later.

La Albiceleste looked the better team overall, though, leading 7-1 in the shots on target department, with Messi having one free-kick well saved by Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and then hitting the bar with another set-piece late on.

We’re taking 8/13 for them to hit the ground running in this event for our first Argentina vs Chile prediction.

A Look At Argentina’s Betting Odds

Argentina could be forgiven for feeling a bit jinxed in the Copa America, having been beaten finalists four times since last lifting the trophy way back in 1993.

Losing home advantage this summer due to a rapid rise in coronavirus infections is hardly a good omen for ending their drought.

However, head coach Lionel Scaloni has the talent at his disposal to put the record straight, given a bit of luck.

Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria may be comfortably the wrong side of 30 but all finished their club campaigns in decent shape.

Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez stands out among the next generation of La Albiceleste stars after helping the Nerazzurri to Serie A success.

Tottenham defender Juan Foyth did well on loan with Villarreal while Spurs fans can also cheer on midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.

Looking at the Argentina vs Chile odds, we like 12/5 for La Albiceleste to shade this by any one-goal margin.

A Look At Chile’s Betting Odds

Chile have fond memories of their 2015 and 2016 Copa America title triumphs but the feeling is La Roja have gone a bit downhill since then.

Much-travelled 60-year-old Martin Lasarte has been handed the task of turning things around the other way.

Key players such as Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas, Gary Medel and Claudio Bravo no longer raise expectations too high, though.

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Charles Aranguiz still warrants respect but the overall vibe remains of a team in decline.

Let’s finish off our Argentina vs Chile betting tips by taking 21/4 for La Albiceleste to oblige 1-0 in a typically cagey early contest.

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