Argentina vs. Chile Copa America Final Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/26/16
Chile vs. Argentina
Copa America: Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm (MetLife Stadium)
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Argentina and Chile clash Sunday night in the 2016 Copa America final at MetLife Stadium.
Argentina beat up on the United States in the semifinals by a score of 4-0. Argentina scored within the first three minutes of the victory and never looked back, as Lionel Messi had a goal and two assists while Gonzalo Higuain scored twice. The most impressive part of Argentina’s victory is that it didn’t allow a single shot attempt. Argentina has been feisty on the defensive end all tournament and has allowed zero goals in five of its last seven matches overall. When you combine the defensive effort with the fact Argentina has produced eight goals in its last two matches, this is a team that’s currently firing on all cylinders. Argentina hopes to win its third Copa America title and first since 1993.
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Chile is coming off a 2-0 victory over Colombia in the semifinals. Chile scored both goals within the first 11 minutes and was able to hold on despite allowing 16 shot attempts and controlling the ball for just half the match. Charles Aranguiz and Jose Fuenzalida scored the goals while Alexis Sanchez had three shot attempts. Chile has now produced back-to-back shutouts and has outscored its last three opponents by a ridiculous 13-2 margin. Like Argentina, Chile seems to have found its groove at the right time and should be highly confident given its current form. Chile hopes to win back-to-back Copa America titles and become the first team to do so since Brazil in 2004-07.
These two teams met in the opening match and Argentina won, 2-1. Argentina managed 17 shot attempts, but it was Chile that had six shots on target and controlled the ball for 57 percent of the match. However, the one thing that should concern Chile is the fact Argentina managed to win that match without Messi playing a single minute. That has to be a major concern if you’re a fan of La Roja.
Both teams are playing some of their best ball right now and this should be a hell of a final. But if I had to pick a winner, I’m siding with Argentina. There’s been slightly more consistency and it’s the team with the best player in the world.