2015 Copa America: Chile vs Mexico preview

June 14, 2015
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Chile vs MexicoBuoyed by the opening 2-0 triumph over Ecuador, Chile will be looking to extend the good run of results by defeating under-strength Mexico in Santiago de Chile.

El Tri aim to make amends for the goalless draw with Bolivia, although they face a difficult task against tournament hosts.

The very good performance at the 2014 World Cup, where Chile came incredibly close to pipping hosts Brazil to a place in the quarter-finals, proved Jorge Sampaoli’s side was destined for big things.

And unlike most other South American teams that have yet taking shape ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, La Roja headed into the 2015 Copa America with the strongest possible squad, hoping to win their first ever Copa America trophy.

Having finished as runners up on four occasions, Chile hope to finally end the barren run and they enjoyed a strong start, defeating Ecuador 2-0.

La Roja needed more than an hour to break La Tri few days ago, but they eventually showed a lot of character and recorded a deserved win.

And with Mexico far from impressive in their opening fixture, it is hardly surprising Chile have been made 1.50 (1/2) to emerge victorious.

Eduardo Vargas has earned his place in the starting line-up by scoring the second goal against Ecuador, while Felipe Gutierrez looks set to replace injured Marcelo Diaz in the starting line-up. Matias Fernandez is banned.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Bravo – Isla, Medel, Jara, Mena – Aranguiz, Gutierrez, Vidal, Valdivia – Sanchez, Vargas.

Mexico, too, showed promise at the 2014 World Cup, but despite coming really close to upsetting Netherlands, the team eventually had to settle for sixth successive exit in the Last 16 stage.

Coach Miguel Herrera has since selected two separate squads for the Copa America and Gold Cup tournaments, opting to leave a number of star men out of the tournament in Chile.

This means that the likes of Javier Hernandez, Carlos Vela, Hector Herrera, Dos Santos brothers and few more key players will not be taking part at the 2015 Copa America.

As a result, nobody was too surprised to see Mexico fail to defeat Bolivia in their opening fixture, and no doubt they will face a much tougher task against Chile.

Veteran defender Rafa Marquez is set to miss the remainder of the group phase through a leg injury, which only adds to the worries.

Youngster Carlos Salcedo and Juan Carlos Valenzuela are fighting for a chance to replace the Hellas Verona centre-back against La Roja.

Probable starting line-up (5-3-2): Jose Corona – Flores, Ayala, Dominguez, Salcedo, Aldrete – Jesus Corona. Medina, Guemez – E. Herrera, Vuoso.

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