Canada were beaten 2-0 despite putting up a fight in their Copa America opener versus Argentina. Now, the teams meet again in the last four. Look ahead to the tie with our Argentina vs Canada prediction and preview.

Argentina vs Canada Stats: The Key Insights

  • This game is almost too close to call, but the Opta supercomputer has given the slight edge to Brazil, who win 37.4% of pre-match simulations inside 90 minutes.
  • Argentina have now reached the semi-finals at seven of their last eight major tournaments, with the 2018 World Cup being the only exception.
  • La Albiceleste have won their last 10 matches against CONCACAF opponents in official competitions, not conceding a goal in any of their last six such games.

Canada must produce the performance of their lives to have any chance of upsetting holders Argentina to reach the Copa America final, acknowledges Jesse Marsch.

Marsch’s team will face the World Cup winners for a final berth at the MetLife Stadium on Tuesday, having overcome Venezuela in a penalty shootout in the last eight.

They are just the fourth CONCACAF team to reach the Copa semi-finals and the third to do so on their debut, after Mexico (1993 runners-up), Honduras (third in 2001) and the United States (third in 1995).

They face the sternest of tests next up, however, having already lost to Lionel Messi and the rest of Argentina’s stars in their opening group-stage game.

Julián Álvarez and Lautaro Martínez were on target in that match as Lionel Scaloni’s team triumphed 2-0 in Atlanta, rifling off 19 shots worth 3.02 expected goals (xG) to Canada’s 10 (1.16 xG).

Argentina 2-0 Canada Stats

While Canada have won plenty of admirers on their run to the last four, Marsch knows they need to step up further on Tuesday.

“Argentina will have to be the best match we’ve ever played and it still might not be enough,” he said. “But whatever. We’re going to go for it.”

Captain Alphonso Davies echoed those sentiments but pointed out Canada had given Argentina a scare in their earlier game, saying: “It’s going to take everything. We played them in the group stage and we played well but didn’t get the win we wanted.”

Argentina boss Scaloni hit out at the quality of the pitch after that earlier meeting at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and Messi says the surfaces have had an impact throughout the tournament.

“The pitch always has an influence. It’s a reality that the pitches aren’t good,” he told reporters, as quoted by The Athletic.

“I think the best one was the one in Miami, which was good from what you saw from the outside at least. It’s natural and that’s already different. Of course, it has an influence.”

Players to Watch

Argentina – Alexis Mac Allister

Mac Allister assisted Martínez’s opener versus Ecuador in the last eight, then held his nerve from the spot as the world champions triumphed in a shootout after a 1-1 draw.

The Liverpool midfielder has two assists at this year’s tournament. Since such data began in 2011, only Lionel Messi (in 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2021) has ever provided three or more assists for Argentina at a single edition of the Copa America. 

Mac Allister has completed 122 of his 135 passes at this tournament, with 70 of those being played in the opposition half. With Canada likely to sit deep, it could fall on him to keep things ticking over and provide service for Messi and his fellow attackers.

Alexis Mac Allister Pass Map Argentina Copa America

Canada – Maxime Crepeau

Crepeau was forced into six saves in Canada’s Copa America opener versus Argentina, and he could be busy again here.

However, he has been in excellent form throughout this tournament, conceding three goals from 4.95 expected goals on target (xGOT) faced, with only Claudio Bravo (3.66 goals prevented) and Rafael Romo (2.36) overperforming their underlying goalkeeping statistics by a greater margin.

Only Sergio Rochet and Emiliano Martínez (three each) have bettered his two clean sheets at this tournament. He will have his work cut out to keep another, though.

Argentina vs Canada Prediction

Argentina vs Canada Prediction Opta

The World Cup champions are huge favourites to get this game sorted in normal time, winning inside 90 minutes in 76.7% of data-led scenarios. Canada win in just 9.8% of simulations, while they force extra-time 13.5% of the time.

Overall, Argentina are assigned an 84% chance of reaching the final by the Opta supercomputer, with Canada out to cause one of the greatest upsets in the history of the competition.

La Albiceleste have won their last 10 matches against CONCACAF opponents in official competitions, not conceding a goal in any of their last six such games.

Additionally, the defending champions have reached the last four at five of the last seven editions of the Copa America, and only two of them – Colombia in 2004 and Chile in 2019 – failed to make the final. The omens, then, are not good for Canada.

Argentina vs Canada Squads


Emiliano Martínez, Franco Armani, Gerónimo Rulli, Cristian Romero, Germán Pezzella, Gonzalo Montiel, Lisandro Martínez, Lucas Martínez Quarta, Marcos Acuña, Nahuel Molina, Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolás Tagliafico, Alexis Mac Allister, Ángel Di María, Enzo Fernández, Exequiel Palacios, Giovani Lo Celso, Guido Rodríguez, Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul, Valentín Carboni, Alejandro Garnacho, Julián Álvarez, Lautaro Martínez, Lionel Messi, Nicolás González.

Head coach: Lionel Scaloni


Dayne St. Clair, Maxime Crépeau, Tom McGill, Alistair Johnston, Alphonso Davies, Derek Cornelius, Joel Waterman, Kamal Miller, Kyle Hiebert, Luc De Fougerolles, Moïse Bombito, Richie Laryea, Ali Ahmed, Ismaël Koné, Jonathan Osorio, Mathieu Choinière, Samuel Piette, Stephen Eustaquio, Cyle Larin, Jacen Russell-Rowe, Jacob Shaffelburg, Jonathan David, Liam Millar, Tajon Buchanan, Tani Oluwaseyi, Theo Bair.

Head coach: Jesse Marsch

Enjoy this? Subscribe to our football newsletter to receive exclusive weekly content. You should also follow our social accounts over on XInstagramTikTok and Facebook.