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USA vs Argentina preview

Kick off: Wednesday, 22 June @2:00 GMT

Venue: NRG Stadium (Houston, Texas)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to Head Record

USA vs Argentina 1-1 (2011 Friendly International)
USA vs Argentina 0-0 (2008 Friendly International)
Argentina vs USA 4-1 (2007 Copa America)
USA vs Argentina 0-1 (2003 Friendly International)
Argentina vs USA 0-3 (1995 Copa America)

USA vs Argentina Team News

DeAndre Yedlin returns from suspension, while Jermaine Jones and Bobby Wood are both banned for the Copa America semis. Alejandro Bedoya will have to serve his ban against Argentina as well, but coach Jurgen Klinsmann has no fresh injury worries ahead of Wednesday’s clash. It is well known that Jozy Altidore misses the Copa America Centenario through injury.

Injured: Jozy Altidore (93/34)

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Alejandro Bedoya (52/2), Jermaine Jones (64/4), Bobby Wood (23/6)

Angel Di Maria faces the race against clock to be fit for the Copa America semis, but he is likely to start from the bench. Nicolas Gaitan is banned, while Javier Pastore remains in the recovery room. As reports in Argentina suggest, Erik Lamela should star the match, while Lucas Biglia could be recalled to the starting line-up as well. Gerardo Martino s likely to stick to the 4-3-3 formation.

Injured: Javier Pastore (27/2)

Doubtful: Angel Di Maria (75/17)

Suspended: Nicolas Gaitan (16/2)

Quick Facts

  • Argentina are undefeated in previous four meetings with USA
  • La Albiceleste scored 3+ goals in previous three games at Copa America
  • Tata Martino’s men are after their ninth consecutive win in all competitions
  • USA have yet to share the spoils with their rivals at Copa America
  • Leo Messi has netted 54 goals in 111 appearances for Argentina

USA vs Argentina Prediction

Argentina have been in a thrilling form of late. La Albiceleste have been scoring goals for fun at the 2016 Copa America and it is no surprised they are regarded as favourites on paper to emerge triumphant in Wednesday’s semi-final. USA play in front of home fans at the Copa America Centenario, but seeing that Jurgen Klinsmann’s men head into the match with a severely-weakened squad, the South American giants should make it to the final.

Betting Tip: Argentina/Argentina

Odds: 2.10 (11/10) @bet365

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