Defending champ Chile in trouble vs. Mexico

Defending champ Chile in trouble vs. Mexico

Tonight, the reigning Copa America champion faces its toughest test of this June’s tournament so far.

Chile, which needed two consecutive wins over Panama and Bolivia just to qualify for the knockout stage, draws Mexico at 10 p.m. ET. Evidently, Los Cafeteros don’t hold the same sway they used to. Handicappers at online sports book Bovada.lv lean toward El Tri here. Chile, meanwhile, receives odds of +140 to get back to the final four.

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One can’t discount the fatigue factor when dissecting the prospects of Juan Antonio Pizzi’s club moving forward. Chile is playing for the fifth time in two-plus weeks. Candidly, the squad hasn’t been consistently sharp since the January departure of previous manager Jorge Sampaoli.

Conversely, Mexico remains unbeaten in nearly a year. A changing of the guard seems inevitable, and Juan Carlos Osorio’s troops stand to reap the benefits. Prepare for a Colombia-El Tri showdown on Wednesday in Chicago.

SATURDAY COPA AMERICA FREE PICK: MEXICO/CHILE OVER 2 GOALS

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