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 come into this match against USA after some crushing victories over most of their opponents including a crushing 4-1 over Venezuela in their quarter-finals. Argentina were inspired by their captain and talismanic player Leo Messi who had 2 assists and scored a goal to try and win an international tournament to add to his trophy cupboard. With Angel di Maria injured, Nicolas Gaitan provided suitable service and was later replaced with Lamela who landed up scoring a goal as well. Up front, Gonzalo Higuain continues to be the preferred choice and he rewarded his team by netting twice in the last game. Argentina have looked extremely solid defensively, where they only let in the two goals so far in the tournament, only when they had a 2 goal advantage and things were extremely secure.
USA are the hosts of this tournament, and will get plenty of fan following to back them up in this encounter today. They have tried and tested a lot of combinations up front, but Clint Dempsey continues to play in a false 9 role, and he delivered the goods now with 3 goals in his last 3 games. The bad news for the Americans is 3 of their key players Bedoya, Bobby Wood & Jermaine Jones are all suspended from this game, and that gives them more selection problems to find the right combination after they were just looking settled. USA have shown when they face decent opposition in Colombia and Ecuador they have conceded goals to both of them, and it will be a big ask to keep the Argentinians at bay.
Argentina are looking extremely strong coming into this encounter especially with the strong motivation that Messi has and the performance he is putting in to back up that, you cannot see anything past an Argentina win. I am backing the Argentinians on the Asian Handicap of -1; as I expect them to win by a 2 goal margin against the US.
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