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Argentina vs Canada Copa America 2024 Match Preview, Head-to-head, Possible Lineups and Fantasy XI Prediction

Read the full match preview, head-to-head stats, possible starting lineups, and Fantasy XI Prediction of Argentina vs Canada Copa America 2024 match at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on 21st June, Friday

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Argentina vs Canada Copa America 2024 Match Preview

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Lionel Scaloni's Argentina are all set to face Jesse Marsch's Canada in the opening fixture of the Copa America 2024 at the Mercedes-Benz Football Stadium, Atlanta in the United States. Argentina are the defending champions and are the favourites to lift the title once again. Lionel Messi's Argentina are one of the finest football teams in the world as they are not only the Champions of South America but the Champions of the World. Canada are ranked 48th in the FIFA rankings. They have a great squad to compete against the best South American nations. From possible starting XIs to Fantasy predictions, here is everything you need to know about the Argentina vs Canada match in the Copa America 2024.

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Match Details

  • Match: Argentina vs Canada - Copa America 2024

  • Date: 21/6/2024

  • Time: 5:30 am (IST)

  • Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, United States

Argentina vs Canada Copa America 2024 Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, United States | Image: Wikipedia

How to watch the Argentina vs Canada Copa America 2024 match?

No official confirmation on which Network Argentina vs Canada Copa America 2024 Group A match will be live telecasted in India.

Argentina vs Canada: Head-to-Head stats

Lionel Messi in action at the International Friendly ahead of the Copa America 2024
Lionel Messi in action at the International Friendly ahead of the Copa America 2024 | Image: Getty

Argentina and Canada have faced each other only once. Argentina won 5-0 in that international friendly against Canada.

  • Matches: 1
  • Argentina won: 1
  • Canada won: 0
  • Draws: 0

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Team News

Argentina

Lionel Messi ahead of the Copa America 2024

Argentina are the current owners of the Copa America after they defeated Brazil in the 2021 final to win the tournament for the first time since 1993. Lionel Messi celebrated the first international trophy of his glittering career. Lionel Scaloni's side has been in brilliant form since their World Cup success, winning 13 and losing just one of their previous 14 matches.

In their two warm-up matches, Argentina registered a narrow 1-0 victory against Ecuador and then produced a free-scoring display against Guatemala. The defending champions are all set to start their campaign with a game against Canada. Lisandro Martinez is set to start over Nicolas Otamendi alongside Cristian Romero in central defence. Molina and Acuna will take care of the wings.

Rodrigo De Paul and Mac Allister will definitely start but it will be interesting to see who Schaloni chooses between Enzo and Parades in the starting lineup. Messi will be looking to score his 108th international goal on Friday. Schaloni will probably start Alvarez instead of Lautaro Martinez and Di Maria is another player who will most likely come off the bench in the second half.

Argentina National Men's Football Team
Practice ahead of the opening fixture | Image: Argentina (X)

Canada

Canada Players

While Argentina are 15-time winners of the Copa America, Canada will appear at the tournament for the first time, securing qualification to participate as one of the six CONCACAF teams in the competition. They had to play in the playoff after failing to qualify as one of the four best teams in the 2023-24 CONCACAF Nations League.

Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies will start and is set to operate in a back four alongside Alistair Johnston, Moise Bombito, and Derek Cornelius. Porto's Stephen Eustaquio will lead the team and is expected to line up in the middle alongside Watford's young talent Ismael Kone.

Lille marksman Jonathan David will provide one of his country's main goal threats. He has already scored 26 goals in 48 international appearances. Cyle Larin is not in great form and will try to get his confidence back by delivering a strong performance against Argentina on Friday.

Possible Starting XIs

Argentina's possible starting lineup:

Emiliano Martinez; Molina, Romero, Lisandro Martinez, Acuna; Alexis Mac Allister, Paredes, De Paul; Lionel Messi, Gonzalez, Julian Alvarez

Canada's possible starting lineup:

Crepeau; Johnston, Bombito, Cornelius, Alphonso Davies; Buchanan, Eustaquio, Kone, Millar; David, Larin

Argentina vs Canada: Fantasy XI Prediction

E Martinez; Johnston, Romero, L Martinez, Davies; Mac Allister, Kone, De Paul; Messi, David, Alvarez

Argentina Alphonso Davies Emiliano Martinez Lionel Messi Julian Alvarez Argentina vs Canada Copa America 2024 Alexis Mac Allister Lautaro Martinez