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Copa America 2019: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Predictions for Semi-Final Fixtures

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2019

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 27: Gabriel Jesus of Brazil is congratulated by team-mate Alisson after scoring the winning penalty in the shoot out following the Copa America Brazil 2019 quarterfinal match between Brazil and Paraguay at Arena do Gremio on June 27, 2019 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

The semi-finals of the 2019 Copa America are poised to be epic contests, with hosts Brazil, Argentina, holders Chile and Peru all in contention for the title.

Brazil will meet rivals Argentina in the first of the last-four matches. The Selecao needed penalties to overcome Paraguay in the previous round and were well below their best.

La Albiceleste struggled at the start of the tournament but have improved in recent matches, turning in a professional display to get the better of Venezuela last time out.

Chile also advanced on penalties after a stalemate against Colombia, and given the experience they have in their squad—they've won the last two Copas—they can't be ruled out. Against Peru, who upset Uruguay in the previous round, they will be big favourites.

A thrilling pair of matches are on the cards. Here are the viewing details for the games and a look at what to expect from these four heavyweight outfits.

     

Fixture Details

Tuesday, July 2, 8:30 p.m. (ET), 1:30 a.m. (BST, Wednesday): Brazil vs. Argentina

Wednesday, July 3, 8:30 p.m. (ET), 1:30 a.m. (BST, Wednesday): Chile vs. Peru

         

TV Info: Premier Sports 1 (UK), Telemundo (U.S.)

Live Stream: Premier Player (UK), ESPN+ (U.S.), Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (U.S.)

        

Preview 

At the start of every Copa America, neutrals are always keen to see a showdown between Brazil and Argentina. With so much on the line, the match at the Maracana on Tuesday will be a gripping fixture.

Brazil came into the competition as the favourites, and at times they've reached a level that far surpasses other nations. However, they have vulnerabilities in their setup, as was evidenced in the 0-0 draw with Venezuela and the quarter-final stalemate with Paraguay.

After failing to break down their stubborn opponents, they needed penalties to get over the line, with Gabriel Jesus netting the decisive kick:

Watch Copa América 2019 live on Premier Sports 📺 @PremierSportsTV

🇧🇷 GABRIEL JESUS! The composure to fire Brazil into the semi-finals of the #CopaAmerica 😍 https://t.co/QSakcDkzqA

While Brazil may not be firing in attack, they have one of the world's best goalkeepers to rely on at least in Alisson Becker:

Watch Copa América 2019 live on Premier Sports 📺 @PremierSportsTV

🇧🇷🖐 BIG save from Alisson! Paraguay nearly go 1-0 up, but the Liverpool man saves the day (surprise surprise) #CopaAmerica https://t.co/tT420CPx0q

Argentina have typically depended on Lionel Messi to haul them to the latter stages of major tournaments. But with the Barcelona man a touch below his best, others have stepped up to make important contributions.

The key performer for Argentina in recent matches has been Lautaro Martinez, after the striker scored the opening goal in 2-0 wins over Qatar and Venezuela.

The Inter Milan man's international record is outstanding:

Peter Coates @golazoargentino

When you want to talk about making the most of opportunities... Lautaro Martínez - 6 goals in 10 appearances Mauro Icardi - 1 goal in 8 apps Paulo Dybala - 1 goal in 21 apps https://t.co/jy1IkYQQXK

In the other semi-final, Chile will look to take another step towards a third Copa America win in a row.

Few fancied La Roja to win the tournament this year, but they have a number of experienced players to call upon, most notably Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal. Against Colombia, they performed well in a 0-0 draw before holding their nerve to win on penalties.

Per Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian, the competition is beginning to take a familiar shape, which bodes well for Chile:

Peru shouldn't be written off, though. Few fancied them to get past a high-class Uruguay side, but they were organised and energetic to shut down the likes of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. They should adopt a similar game plan on Wednesday.

Even so, the standout game will come on Tuesday, when the eyes of the football world will be on Rio de Janeiro to see another chapter written in one of the sport's great rivalries.

Predictions: Brazil 2-1 Argentina, Chile 2-0 Peru

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