This year its a special edition celebrating the 100 years of the Copa America including teams from both South America (10) and North America (6) and being played on North American shores for the first time.
Argentina managed to beat Chile quite well in the first game of the tournament by a score of 2-1; without their captain Lionel Messi. Messi seems to be fit to take part in this contest, and knowing the instinctive striker that he is, he will be looking to score goals to help his team win this tournament. They also had some good performances last time around from Di Maria and Higuain who managed to control the attack to help the team win the game. Defensively, Argentina showed good mettle for most of the game until they conceded a goal in the last minute of stoppage time, knowing that Chile couldn’t come back into the game. Nicolas Gaitan will likely make way for Messi, so that Messi, Di Maria and Higuain will play as a front 3.
Panama have been pretty average coming into this tournament and were lucky to beat one of the worst South American teams in Bolivia, extremely late on in their encounter, betting in the 87th minute. Panama relied on Blas Perez to net both the goals for them, but it would be difficult to see how they could tackle a good Argentina defence who kept out Chile for long periods in the game. The last time these 2 sides met, saw Panama lose by a score of 3-1; and that could very well be the probably margin of victory today.
I think Argentina will have too much in the tank, and thats why I back Argentina on the Asian Handicap giving Panama a 1.5 goals head start.
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