With Brazil and Uruguay bidding goodbye to the Copa America 2016, Argentina become the front-runner to clinch the coveted Copa America Centenario. However, even they have to be aware of not being complacent at this crucial stage.
La Albiceleste have already advanced to the knockout stages of the competition this time around and look the most likely to top Group D and set up a clash with Venezuela in the Copa America 2016 quarterfinals.
However, prior to that, Lionel Messi's army have to play their third and final group game of the competition and hope to take a perfect-win record to the next stage. Argentina take on the already-eliminated Bolivia on Tuesday in Seattle.
On paper, the 14-time Copa America champions are the clear winner, hands down. But what transpires in the football pitch is always not equal to what gets predicted on paper. Barcelona superstar Messi, who scored a hat-trick against Panama in their previous game of the competition, could be rested for the match ahead of the crucial clashes in the following stages.
"We will do what we believe [best], according to the opinion of the player [Messi] and the doctor," ESPN FC quoted Argentina coach Tata Martino as saying in the pre-match press conference. "It seems to me that Leo lost his fear in the game against Panama. [When scoring his first goal] Leo made a run at speed and he felt more comfortable, much better in the game. As the days pass he will feel even better still."
There is also a major doubt about the participation of Angel di Maria in the game, as the PSG winger was substituted with an adductor muscle problem early in the Panama game.
Injury worries or not, Bolivia will be under severe pressure to deliver. They lost both their previous encounters in the tournament, but the best thing is they have none but pride to play for on Tuesday. Bolivia lost 2-0 against Argentina in a World Cup qualifying game in March this year.
Where to watch live
Copa America 2016: Argentina vs Bolivia is scheduled for a 10 p.m. ET (7:30 a.m. IST, 3 a.m. BST) start on June 14, 2016.
India: Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD.
United Kingdom: Premier Sports.
United States of America: Fox Sports 1, Fubo TV.
Argentina: DirecTV Sports Argentina, Canal 7 TV Publica.
Bolivia: Bolivia TV.
India: Sony Liv.
US: Fox Sports Go.
Argentina: DirecTV Play Deportes.
Bolivia: Tigo Sports Bolivia (mobile app).