2019 Copa America Argentina vs Colombia Preview

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

By Jonathan Willis
2019 Copa America match between Argentina vs Colombia

Argentina and Colombia are the two favorites to win Group B, and if one of the two teams can pick up a victory in their match on Saturday, they will have a huge leg up in their hopes of winning the group. The other two teams in this group are Paraguay and Qatar, and they aren’t expected to be contenders. A draw would likely lead to the group coming down to goal differential.

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Argentina vs. Colombia

Date and Time: June 15, 2019, 6 p.m. ET

Location: Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil

US Television Coverage: Telemundo

Betting Line: Argentina PK and -0.5, O/U 2 and 2.5

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These two teams met in a friendly in the United States back in September, and the result was a 0-0 draw. Most of the players that featured in that match will be on the pitch here, but Lionel Messi and James Rodriguez weren’t involved and will look to boost their sides this time around.

Argentina were eliminated by eventual champions France at the last World Cup, but La Albiceleste gave the French problems at the back. They were up 2-1 on France early in the second half, and they ended up with three goals in a 4-3 loss.

Since then, the Argentines have cruised to victories over Guatemala, Iraq, Mexico, and Nicaragua, and they beat Morocco in Tangiers. They suffered defeats at the hands of Brazil and Venezuela in the last eight months.

Colombia had the disappointment of losing to England in penalties at the last World Cup, but they have notched some fantastic results since that defeat. They are 6-1-1 in their last eight matches with their only defeat coming at the hands of South Korea in Seoul.

In the run-up to Copa America, Los Cafeteros hammered Panama 3-0 in Bogota and crushed Peru 3-0 in Lima.

Argentina Player to Watch

Can Lionel Messi finally lead Argentina to an international trophy? Messi has done it all in the course of his professional career, but his inability to lead his country to an international title has been well-documented. He had two golden opportunities at the last two Copa Americas, but Argentina were upset in the final by Chile both times. The last loss led to a devastated Messi briefly retiring from international play, and it’s clear that this has weighed on him.

There’s no doubt Messi is the best player at Copa America. He led La Liga in goals and assists this past season, and he has 67 goals in 130 national appearances.

Colombia Player to Watch

James Rodriguez has continually risen to the occasion for his national team on the biggest stage. Rodriguez was the leading scorer at the 2014 World Cup, and he notched two goals and an assist despite being injured in the first match at Copa America Centenario three years ago. He hasn’t had the best professional career, but he shines in the yellow, red, and blue.

Argentina vs. Colombia Free Picks

While Argentina still have Messi and some other familiar faces like Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero, and Nicolas Otamendi, this is a relatively inexperienced roster. There is a lot of young talent, but it is relatively unproven on the international stage.

Colombia have a lot of talent aside from Rodriguez too. The back line is solid with Cristian Zapata, Yerry Mina, and Davinson Sanchez breaking up attacks, and David Ospina might be the best non-Brazilian goalkeeper at the tournament.
Even with Messi, Colombia have the horses to stay close, so I’ll call for a draw.

Argentina vs. Colombia Prediction: Argentina 1, Colombia 1

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