Claudio Borghi's men prepare to do battle with the Concacaf Gold Cup holders, as both sides kick off their respective Copa America campaigns
|Chile: Bravo; Jara, Ponce, Contreras; Beausejour, Medel, Isla, Vidal, Fernandez; Sanchez, Suazo.
It remains to be seen whether new coach Claudio Borghi will continue in the same vein as his predecessor Marcelo Bielsa in regards to his approach to national-team matters. However, what is for certain, is that he will use the crux of the squad that represented the nation at World Cup 2010. The likes of Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal will strive to boost their burgeoning reputations with good showings at this year's tournament.
|Mexico: Michel; Aguilar, Araujo, Reynoso, Mier; Chavez, Aquino; Reyes Enríquez, Giovani; Lugo.|
Mexico's award-winning 4-2-3-1 will once again be adopted for the Gold Cup winners, after a hugely impressive 4-2 victory in the final against the United States. However, coach Jose de la Torre has decided to opt for a very young and inexperienced side, dropping many of his most trusted lieutenants such as Carlos Vela, Carlos Salcido and Javier Hernandez. Rafael Lugo is thus expected to lead the line for the Mexicans in the absence of his first-choice compatriots.
- Chile are one of three South American teams to have never won Copa America, along with Venezuela and Ecuador.
- They have failed to progress beyond the first round on four of the last eight occasions.
- Progress is being made though, as they were quarter-finalists last time round, and finished in the last 16 of World Cup 2010.
- Chile have been in impressive form since last summer, being unbeaten in six matches, including a comfortable 2-0 win over Copa rivals Uruguay.
- Mexico have never won Copa America since their invitation in 1993, although they have come runners-up twice in 1993 and 2001, whilst finishing third place on three occasions.
- They successfully defended their Gold Cup trophy, after beating the United States 4-2, sending them also to the 2013 Confederations Cup.
- Mexico have been in fantastic form throughout 2011, winning all six Gold Cup fixtures and losing just once in eight matches prior to their cup success.
- They are unbeaten in their three meetings with Chile, winning two and drawing one of them, with the last coming in May 2010 in an international friendly.