Canada vs. Argentina Copa America odds: Canada is a steep underdog against Messi, reigning World Cup champs
Canada is a massive underdog in its Copa America tournament opener against Argentina. Photos via AP.

Canada's maiden voyage at Copa America kicks off on June 20, as Les Rouges will face frontrunner Argentina in the very first match of the tournament.

The pregame narrative: Argentina (+175) has the shortest odds to win Copa, a 16-team tournament taking place all over the United States. Canada isn't expected to make much noise, but it could flip that script quickly with an upset (or even a draw) against Argentina.

Check out our Canada vs. Argentina Copa America odds for the group stage match on June 20.

Canada vs. Argentina Copa America odds

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Canada vs. Argentina marketsBetting odds
Canada to win+880
Argentina to win-315
Canada to win or tie+240
Argentina to win or tie-3,335
Over 2.5 goals-134
Under 2.5 goals+100
Both teams to score — Yes+128
Both teams to score — No-177

Soccer odds as of 2:45 p.m. ET on 06/12/2024.

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Well, it shouldn't take long for Canada to experience its "welcome to Copa America" moment.

How about a tourney-opening date with the defending World Cup champs?

Canada has played two friendlies this month, losing 4-0 to Netherlands and reaching a scoreless draw against France. The draw against France is encouraging, but it's important to note that all-world forward Kylian Mbappe only played 17 minutes for Les Bleus off the bench.

When Canada lines up against Argentina, La Albiceleste's entire starting 11 from the recent World Cup-winning squad will be on the other side — led by eight-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi.

This is as tough of a test as Canada could possibly have at Copa America. And it comes in the very first game.

Argentina, ranked No. 1 in the world, is 3-0 in friendlies this year and has outscored its opponents, 7-1. The team's -315 odds indicate a 75.9% implied probability to win.

Canada, ranked No. 49 in the world, has -335 odds to be eliminated in the group stage. No one expects Les Rouges to keep up with Argentina. Even a draw against the world's best would be a commendable accomplishment.

Betting on Canada to win or tie carries +240 odds.

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