The most exciting match of Copa America is to be played today at the Estadio Sausalito, Vina del Mar. Both the team are said to be the favourites of this edition. Columbia started the tournament with a loss but somehow riding on James Rodriguez reached the Quarter Finals. Argentina, on the other hand, had been scratchy and frustrated due to their lack of scoring.
Argentina has a good chance to win the Copa title after the bowing out of Uruguay and Neymar’s suspension. Argentina will keep eyes on their forwards once again. Messi, di Maria, Aguero and Higuain are yet to score in big matches. Although Tata Martino’s qualified top of their group, they haven’t convinced in any of their matches. They gave away two goals in the last half against Paraguay, notched a 1-0 win against a Suarez-less Uruguay and lowest ranked team in the tournament Jamaica. Messi had been in great form after achieving Treble with Barcelona but yet to show some fire here at Copa.
In the Colombian camp, Jose Peckerman will likely to attack the Argentines, with Falcao at the front. James Rodriguez will continue as central playmaking role. Even though, Edwin Valencia will miss out and Carlos Sanchez will probably be left out once again. Columbia will be happy with their defense as they conceded only once in the group stage. Similarly, Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta and Otamendi have been rock solid for the Argentines conceding twice in the competition.
The world will be eyeing on this match when the world number 2 and world number 3 will lock horns today. Columbia have been able to beat Argentina just once in their previous 11 meetings, when they won by 2-1 in World Cup qualifying match in Bogota.
Romero (GK), Marcus Rojo, Otamendi, Mascherano, Pablo Zabaleta, Biglia, Garay, Pastore, Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero.
Ospina (GK), Arias, Zapata, Murillo, Armero, Cuadrado, Valencia, Sanchez, James Rodriguez, Gutierrez, Radamel Falcao.
Argentina soccer team will be favorites to win and as per Sport Mirchi predictions they have 65 percent winning chances over Colombia. The expected score line is 2-1 in the favor of Argentine.