While Euro 2016 is only a couple of days into the knockout stages – Copa America is ready for the final already.

Lionel Messi and Argentina face Alexis Sanchez and Chile in the USA looking to end their seasons with glory.

Argentina came out on top when the two sides met in the group stage with a 2-1 victory.

But what will happen this time round? And where can you watch the action unfold?

Here is all you need to know ahead of the Copa America final…

 

What time is the Copa America final?

Argentina will face Chile at 1am BST in the early hours of Monday morning.

The match will take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

 

Game Preview

There’s little to suggest Argentina will be stopped in the final. Other than a 2-1 triumph against Chile in its opener, Argentina has won by at least three goals in each of its last four matches.

This is a team with an embarrassment of riches within its roster, most notably with its attacking options. Gonzalo Higuain, Erik Lamela and Ezequiel Lavezzi have combined for eight goals this tournament.

While they’ve been succeeding, Sergio Aguero, who is arguably one of the most dangerous scorers in the Barclays Premier League, has been waiting on the bench for an opportunity just to get a start.

But it all comes down to midfielder Lionel Messi, who is the motor of La Albiceleste. The best all-around player on the planet, he is an elite scorer and distributor as he’s shown throughout this tournament with five goals and four assists.

Don’t forget his ability to take advantage of set pieces, too, which the United States found out about the hard way in the semifinals

Argentina’s defense has also been resolute this entire tournament as its given up just two goals.

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If there was a team, though, that could ask questions of Argentina, it’s Chile, which defeated La Albiceleste in the 2015 Copa America final in penalties.

Like Argentina, Chile is loaded with dangerous scorers, led by Eduardo Vargas, who has a tournament-best six goals.

He’s teamed up brilliantly with Alexis Sanchez, who has three goals of his own this tournament. They’ll also receive a boost with Arturo Vidal’s return in the final. Vidal was suspended for the semifinal against Colombia due to yellow-card accumulation.

Chile primarily flexed its muscles in its resounding 7-0 thumping of Mexico in the quarterfinals, including four goals from Vargas, who showed his ability to be a poacher inside of the box

Its defense has been solid as of late just like Argentina’s. After allowing four goals in its first three games, Chile has shut out Mexico and Colombia, which should be a confidence booster heading into Sunday.

So if anything was guaranteed about the Copa America Centenario final, it’s that there are countless players who hold game-changing capabilities, which should make for a memorable match at MetLife Stadium.

 

Prediction

Argentina 1-1 Chile (Penalty 5-4 )

 

What are your predictions? Drop in the comments below

 

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