When Brazil and Argentina meet in the Copa America final on Saturday night, it will write the next chapter in what is arguably the greatest rivalry in world football. Brazil sneaked into the elimination stage with back-to-back 1-0 victories over Chile and Peru, while Argentina followed up a 3-0 quarterfinal victory over Ecuador with a penalty kick victory over Colombia in the semis. It’s a fight between the continent’s two strongest teams, with Neymar and Lionel Messi going head to head.
Here’s how to watch the game and everything you should know:
Saturday, July 10th, 2019 | Time: 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
The Maracana is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
FS1 & TUDN on TV | fuboTV live stream (Try for free)
Brazil has a +114 chance, the draw has a +210 chance, and Argentina has a +275 chance (via William Hill Sportsbook)
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Brazil: Despite being by far the best team in South America, they haven’t performed well in the knockout stages. They’ve been squandering their resources. This is a club that should be scoring many goals every game but hasn’t been able to do so. It may be a disaster if I take another night off. They’ll repeat as champions if they can clean things up in attack and finish the opportunities they’ll undoubtedly earn. But keep an eye on the set pieces, because if they become too aggressive, Messi might score from his third set piece of the tournament. Expect them to play physical, slow the game down when Argentina has the ball, and be in a good position to win.
Argentina: The major concern isn’t whether Messi can lead Argentina to the title, but rather how well they defend. They’ve handed up some excellent opportunities to Ecuador and Colombia, and they’ve been fortunate at times. This defense is significantly stronger with Cristian Romero, but the Atalanta man may not win his fitness race after missing the entire knockout stage so far. That means German Pezzella and Nicolas Otamendi are likely to appear. They can accomplish the task, but they’ll have to give it their all, going back in time a little to prevent making even the tiniest error. It’s a difficult challenge, but this group is as confident as it’s ever been. in a long time. Lisandro Martinez could play defensive midfielder and drop deep enough to practically function as a third centerback.
A second-half strike from a corner kick by Marquinhos sends the host nation to the title. Pick: Brazil 2, Argentina 1