Argentina vs Canada

Argentina vs Canada: Preview, Prediction, Lineups and Team News | Copa America 2024

Preview

Argentina vs Canada will be the first semi-final at the Copa America 2024 and will be played at the MetLife Stadium on July 10.

La Albiceleste have made it to this stage of the competition in some style. They won all three of their group games and even defeated Canada 2-0 as they were part of Group A. Argentina then defeated Ecuador 4-2 on penalties in the quarter-finals after the game ended 1-1 in 90 minutes. Having already got past them once, they will hope to repeat the trick.

Canada, on the other hand, qualified as runners-up from Group A and faced Venezuela in the quarters. They were given a tough fight and the match ended 1-1 after 90 minutes as well, but the Canadians rallied together and secured a heroic 4-3 win in the shoot-out to progress. They will look to do their best against the defending champions.

With that said, let’s take a look at the team news.

Argentina vs Canada Team News

Argentina National Football Team News

Rodrigo de Paul
De Paul will be crucial for Argentina. (Google Images)

Manager Lionel Scaloni will be pleased with his team’s performance against Ecuador as they dug deep and secured the win after a penalty shoot-out. He will be even more relieved they came out of that match unscathed and will retain the same XI.

Emiliano Martinez will continue in goal, with Cristian Romero and Lisandro Martinez ahead of him in central defence. Rodrigo de Paul, Alexis Mac Allister and Enzo Fernandez will anchor the midfield, with Lautaro Martinez and skipper Lionel Messi playing as the strikers.

Canada National Football Team News

Alphonso Davies
Davies will look to lead his nation into the final. (Google Images)

Manager Jesse Marsch has done well to extract the maximum out of his squad so far as they have made it to the semi-finals. He will be pleased with their spirited display to get past Venezuela in the quarters, plus all the players are fit.

Maxime Crepeau will start in goal, with Alistair Johnston and skipper Alphonso Davies as the full backs. Moise Bombito and Derek Cornelius will be the central defenders. Jonathan Osorio and Stephen Eustaquio will anchor the midfield, while Jacob Shaffelburg and Jonathan David will play in attack. Cyle Larin will lead the line.

Predicted Lineups

Argentina National Football Team Lineup

Predicted XI: Emiliano Martinez (GK); Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Lisandro Martinez, Nicolas Tagliafico; Rodrigo de Paul, Alexis Mac Allister, Enzo Fernandez, Nicolas Gonzalez; Lautaro Martinez, Lionel Messi (C).

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Canada National Football Team Lineup

Predicted XI: Maxime Crepeau (GK); Alistair Johnston, Moise Bombito, Derek Cornelius, Alphonso Davies (C); Jonathan Osorio, Stephen Eustaquio; Richie Laryea, Jonathan David, Jacob Shaffelburg; Cyle Larin.

Key Players to Watch

Lionel Messi
Messi will look to make amends for his penalty miss against Ecuador. (Google Images)
  • Lionel Messi (Argentina) – The biggest big-game player of them all, Messi will be eager to get on the scoresheet in what could be one of his last major tournaments with his nation. Being the defending champions, La Albiceleste are still favourites to win Copa America 2024 and Messi’s influence will be key towards achieving that.
  • Jonathan David (Canada) – David played in an attacking midfield role and had a pretty good outing against Venezuela. His presence in the final third will be key for Canada as most of their moves in the final third go through him as he pulls the strings.

Head-to-Head Record

These two sides have met just twice in their history, with the latest one being in the group stages of this tournament. Argentina have won both games without conceding and have done so in convincing fashion.

Last 2 Games

  • Argentina 2-0 Canada [06/24]
  • Argentina 5-0 Canada [05/10]

Argentina vs Canada Prediction

Being the defending champions and having conceded just one goal so far in this tournament, it is impossible to look past Argentina for this game. Canada have shown great resolve under Marsch but they are unlikely to go past the semis barring a miracle.

Prediction: Argentina 3-0 Canada.

When & where to watch Argentina vs Canada live?

Q. When & where will Argentina vs Canada kick-off?

A. This semi-final match will be played at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Wednesday, July 10 at 1:00 AM (GMT).

Q. Where will the match be telecast in the UK?

A. Premier Sports will be telecasting the match.

Q. Where will the match be shown in the USA?

A. Fox Sports will do the English telecast, while TUDN will do the Spanish one.

Q. Where will the game be available in Argentina?

A. DSports and Television Publica will be telecasting the game.

Q. Where will this game be shown in Canada?

A. CTV-TSN will do the English telecast, while RDS will cover the game in French.

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