Argentina vs. Canada Semifinal Preview: Odds, Props, Expert Analysis

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Argentina vs. Canada Semifinal Preview: Odds, Props, & Expert Analysis

Argentina is a heavy favorite (-275) to beat Canada when the teams meet in the Copa America semifinals on Tuesday night. La Albiceleste beat the Canadians 2-0 in the opening game of this tournament, courtesy of goals from Julián Álvarez and Lautaro Martínez.

That could give the Argentinians a psychological boost when the teams clash at MetLife Stadium this week. However, Canada (+900) is unbeaten in three games since that defeat, and the players are growing in confidence, so it promises to be an interesting match. See below for a preview, and you can also check out additional Copa America betting information.

Argentina vs. Canada live odds

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Argentina’s path to victory likely includes Martínez and Romero

Center-backs Lisandro Martínez and Cristian Romero have been superb at this tournament. La Albiceleste have conceded just one goal in four games so far, as Martínez and Romero have defended valiantly. Martínez also scored a crucial goal against Ecuador in the quarterfinals, underlining his importance to the team.

Canada might have to be clinical on the counterattack to win 

The Canadians struggled to create chances when they lost 2-0 to Argentina on Matchday 1, but they have looked dangerous on the counterattack in their subsequent games. Jonathan David and Jacob Shaffelburg have scored vital goals after rapid breakaways, which has propelled Canada into the semifinals. The forwards are unlikely to get many chances against Argentina on Wednesday, so they will need to be clinical in front of goal if they are to win this game.

Argentina expected starting 11

Emiliano Martínez will start in goal. Lisandro Martínez and Cristian Romero will start at the heart of the defense, with Nicolás Tagliafico at left-back and either Nahuel Molina or Gonzalo Montiel on the right. Rodrigo De Paul, Alexis Mac Allister, and Enzo Fernández should form the midfield trio. Lionel Messi will start up front, probably supported by Lautaro Martínez and Angel Dí Maria, although Julián Álvarez and Nicolás Gonzalez are both pushing to start.

Canada expected starting 11

Maxime Crépau is Canada’s goalkeeper. Alphonso Davies, Derek Cornelius, Moïse Bombito, and Alistair Johnson will form the back four. Stephen Eustáquio will start alongside either Jonathan Osorio or Ismaël Koné in midfield. Tajon Buchanan is injured, so we could see Richie Laryea and Jacob Shaffelburg on the flanks. Jonathan David will play in the No. 10 role, with Cyle Larin up front.

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