Messi, Lo Celso & Aguero: Argentina’s predicted XI for Copa America opener

TNT Sports Argentina have this evening provided an insight into Lionel Scaloni’s likely XI to take on Colombia, in Argentina’s Copa America opener in 2 days’ time.

Copa 2019

The latest edition of the Copa America, which sees the finest international sides from South America pitted against one another, is set to take place in Brazil over the coming month.

The tournament will be spread across dates between the 14th of June and 7th of July, in 5 host cities.

Hosts Brazil are currently viewed as clear favourites to emerge victorious, with the Selecao’s absolute embarrassment of riches having been highlighted by the fact that the likes of Marcelo, Fabinho, Douglas Costa and Lucas Moura were all omitted from Tite’s final 23-man squad:

Albiceleste’s Copa woes

Currently ranked as 2nd-favourites with the bookies to clinch Copa glory this summer are Lionel Messi’s Argentina.

The Albiceleste will of course be hoping to go one step further this time out than they managed in both 2015 and 2016, having been put to the sword by Chile in the competition’s finale two years running.

Argentina forward and Captain Lionel Messi during the Copa America Centenario final vs Chile, 2016 on June 26, 2016.Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

Lionel Scaloni’s squad for the Copa, announced late last month, features a number of familiar names:

Messi joined by Di Maria & Aguero

And, as per the aforementioned update this evening, Argentine outlet TNT Sports LA, generally regarded as reliable when it comes to the country’s football news, have provided an insight into who is likely to start in Argentina’s tournament opener.

The 2-time World Cup champions are set to take on Colombia in their first Copa fixture on Saturday night.

According to TNT, Lionel Messi is set to be partnered by experienced duo Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria in Argentina’s attack.

Rumoured Tottenham target Giovani Lo Celso is also expected to be included, with Manchester City stopper Nicolas Otamendi, Ajax full-back Nicolas Tagliafico and Di Maria’s PSG teammate Leandro Paredes all looking set to feature from the off:

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