Argentina vs. Colombia: Odds, Live Stream, TV Schedule for 2019 Copa America

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2019

SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA - JUNE 07: Lionel Messi of Argentina looks on before a friendly match between Argentina and Nicaragua at Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario on June 07, 2019 in San Juan, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)
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Argentina open their 2019 Copa America campaign against Colombia on 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 with 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: Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (USA), ESPN+ (USA), Premier Player (UK)

Odds: Argentina (11-8), Draw (9-4), Colombia (13-5)

Odds courtesy of Oddschecker

                

Argentina reached the Copa final in 2015 and 2016, having also made the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Three major finals in as many years would be a success for most nations, but failing to win any of them will have been a bitter disappointment for La Albiceleste

That is especially the case given they were favourites against Chile in both Copa finals, and they had the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and other top-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, though, as football writer Peter Coates observed:

Messi is often left isolated by his team-mates, but that may not be the case this time, as Argentinian football expert Roy Nemer noted during their 5-1 friendly win over Nicaragua ahead of the tournament:

Colombia will be a much tougher challenge, though.

Los Cafeteros have warmed up for the tournament with back-to-back 3-0 wins over Panama and Peru, and they have plenty of firepower.

Radamel Falcao turned 33 in February, but he scored 15 goals for a poor Monaco side in Ligue 1 last season to help 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 haven't beaten Argentina since 2007, but between their in-form strikers and playmaker James Rodriguez, they have the tools to cause them plenty of problems on Saturday.

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