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Ryan Allan 19 Jun 2024
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  • Watch Argentina vs Canada live in the Copa America on Friday
  • The competition kicks off at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
  • Can Argentina claim an opening-day victory in Atlanta?
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Lautaro Martinez leads the celebrations against Guatemala (Photo by Jose L Argueta/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
  • Argentina vs Canada Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Argentina Form
  • Argentina Squad & Team News
  • Canada Form
  • Canada Squad & Team News


Argentina vs Canada Predictions


While Canada should prove competitive, I expect Argentina to begin the defence of their title with a vital victory in Atlanta.

I'm backing Argentina to win and to keep a clean sheet at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

  • Argentina won 13 of their last 14 matches
  • Argentina kept clean sheets in 11 of their last 13 victories
  • Canada failed to score in their last 2 matches 
  • Canada lost 3 of their last 6 matches 

Head to Head


Friday's Copa America opener will be the fourth-ever meeting between these nations. Argentina won all three previous encounters, with nine goals scored and none conceded. La Albiceleste won 5-0 in their most recent clash in a friendly in Buenos Aires 14 years ago.

Argentina Form


Argentina extended their winning run to seven games with a pre-tournament friendly victory against Guatemala. Despite conceding a rare goal after just four minutes, Lionel Scaloni's men eased to a 4-1 victory, with Leo Messi and Lautaro Martinez helping themselves to a brace a piece. 

The reigning World Cup and Copa America champions, Argentina, have lost only two of 57 games played since 2019.

La Albiceleste kept clean sheets in four of their last five victories at the Copa America, including a 1-0 win against Brazil in the final three years ago. 

Argentina Squad & Team News


Goalkeepers: Franco Armani, Gerónimo Rulli, Emiliano Martínez
Defenders: Lucas Martínez Quarta, Nicolás Tagliafico, Gonzalo Montiel, Germán Pezzella, Marcos Acuña, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Lisandro Martínez, Nahuel Molina 
Midfielders: Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul, Exequiel Palacios, Giovani Lo Celso, Guido Rodríguez, Alexis Mac Allister, Enzo Fernández, Valentín Carboni
Forwards: Julián Álvarez, Lionel Messi (captain), Ángel Di María (vice-captain), Nicolás González, Alejandro Garnacho, Lautaro Martínez

Head coach Scaloni has a 26-man squad available on Friday. Valentin Barco, Leonardo Balerdi and Angel Correa were the unfortunate men to miss out after Scaloni trimmed his selection from an initial 29-man group. 

The Argentines have no reported injury issues ahead of this week's opener at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Canada Form


Canada wrapped up their Copa America preparations with a hard-fought 0-0 draw against France in Paris last week. Jesse Marsch's side had fallen to a 4-0 defeat against Netherlands in the former Leeds boss's first match in charge four days earlier. 

Making their first-ever appearance at the Copa America, the Canucks have endured a tough run of form over the past year. Canada failed to win eight of their last 11 games played since June 2023 (W3, D3, L5). 

Canada Squad & Team News


Goalkeepers: Dayne St. Clair, Maxime Crépeau, Tom McGill
Defenders: Alistair Johnston, Luc de Fougerolles, Kamal Miller, Joel Waterman, Derek Cornelius, Moïse Bombito, Alphonso Davies (captain), Richie Laryea, Ali Ahmed, Kyle Hiebert
Midfielders: Samuel Piette, Stephen Eustáquio (vice-captain), Ismaël Koné, Jonathan Osorio, Mathieu Choinière
Forwards: Cyle Larin, Jonathan David, Theo Bair, Jacen Russell-Rowe, Jacob Shaffelburg, Tajon Buchanan, Liam Millar, Tani Oluwaseyi

Head coach Marsch has a 26-man squad available for Canada's maiden appearance at the Copa America. 

Porto's Stephen Eustaquio will captain the side, while star forwards Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David are expected to spearhead the Canucks attack. 

Verdict

Argentina's superior quality and experience should prove the difference in a likely competitive Copa America opener at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

I fancy the champions to win and keep a clean sheet on Friday.

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