Argentina admittance their 2019 Copa America terror adjacent-door to Colombia in financial bank account to Saturday at the Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil.
With Paraguay and invited team Qatar comprising the remainder of Group B, Argentina and Colombia will kick off the tournament as soon as what should be their trickiest test in the group stage.
Of the two sides, Colombia are the more recent winners, having lifted the trophy in 2001. Argentina last won in 1993 but have appeared in four of the last five finals.
Date: Saturday, June 15
Time: 7 p.m. local (6 p.m. ET, 11 p.m. BST),
TV: Telemundo (USA), Premier Sports (UK)
Live Stream: Watch Soccer Live (USA), ESPN+ (USA), Premier Player (UK)
Odds: Argentina (11-8), Draw (9-4), Colombia (13-5)
Odds courtesy of Oddschecker
Argentina reached the Copa huge in 2015 and 2016, having moreover made the obdurate of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Three major finals in as many years would be a completion for most nations, but failing to win any of them will have been a sour disappointment for La Albiceleste
That is especially the lawsuit unchangeable they were favourites adjacent-door to Chile in both Copa finals, and they had the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and auxiliary peak-class attacking players in their ranks.
It is a testament to Messi in particular that they even made it to those finals, as the team has rarely resembled a cohesive unit in recent years.
There are some encouraging signs heading into this year’s tournament, even even though, as football writer Peter Coates observed:
Messi is often left abandoned by his team-mates, but that may not be the act this period,
as Argentinian football dexterous Roy Nemer noted during their 5-1 pleasurable win more than Nicaragua ahead of the tournament:
Colombia will be a much tougher challenge, though.
Los Cafeteros have warmed occurring for the tournament when confirm happening happening-to-back 3-0 wins anew Panama and Peru, and they have large sum of firepower.
Radamel Falcao turned 33 in February, but he scored 15 goals for a destitute Monaco side in Ligue 1 last season to benefit them avoid relegation by two points.
What’s more, Duvan Zapata bagged 28 goals in all competitions for Atalanta, outscoring Cristiano Ronaldo in Serie A.
Colombia port’t beaten Argentina by now 2007, but in the middle of their in-form strikers and playmaker James Rodriguez, they have the tools to cause them loads of problems upon Saturday.