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Argentina will take on Paraguay in the 2015 Copa America Group A clash at Estadio La Portada de La Serena on 13 June.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is at 10.30pm BST (13 June). Live coverage of the match will be available on Premier Sports.

Overview

Argentina are the overwhelming favourites to win the 2015 edition of the Copa America, fresh from travelling to the finals of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, where they were narrowly outdone by Germany for the title.

Lionel Messi's form will be crucial if the South American club have to make major inroads in the tournament, but he will be ably supported by the likes of Angel di Maria and Sergio Aguero, who come on the back of a chastening season in the Premier League.

Messi was the mastermind behind Barcelona winning the treble and was also Argentina's best player in the World Cup. Their friendly against Bolivia delivered a preview of what can be this season, hammering them 5-0, with Aguero scoring a hat-trick and di Maria finding the net twice.

Argentina smashed Paraguay 5-2 the last time these two teams met but the balance of power is quite evidently on Argentina's side, who are likely to emerge comprehensive winners yet again.

Meanwhile, Paraguay are the finalists of the Copa America 2011, but the teams around them have gone stronger and better, while they have not improved. Gerardo Martino, who was the manager of Paraguay has changed sides and will be looking to lead Argentina to their first ever trophy win in over two decades.

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Argentina to win: 3/10
  • Draw: 9/2
  • Paraguay to win: 9/1

Team News

Argentina

Possible XI: Romero; Roncaglia, Garay, Otamendi, Rojo; Mascherano, Banega, Pastore; Di Maria, Aguero, Messi

Paraguay

Possible XI: Villar; M Caceres, Da Silva, Balbuena, Samudio; Valdez, Ortiz, V Caceres, Benitez, Ortigoza; Santa Cruz