Argentina vs Italy Preview

Argentina vs Italy

Competition – International Friendly

Stadium – Etihad Stadium

Date: 23rd March 2018

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

Argentina looked liked they would not make it the next summer’s FIFA World Cup at some point in the qualifying stage, but former Sevilla boss, Jorge Sampaoli came in and helped turned their form around, helping them avoid  defeat in their last 4 games.

They collected only 6 points from those matches, but it was enough to help them go 3rd in the South American qualification group.

After the qualification series, they played two friendlies, one ending in a 1-0 win over Russia, before a 4-2 loss to Nigeria.

They would be hoping to build some confidence with their next two friendlies against Italy and Spain.

Italy are shockingly not going to be at the next world cup after they finished second behind Spain in their qualifying group and lost 1-0 on aggregate  to Sweden in the playoffs.

That loss led to the sacking of Gian Pierro Ventura, his successor, Luigi Di Baggio will be looking to build the next generation of stars that can represent this footballing nation in the next big tournament.

They have won two, lost two and drawn three of their last seven games against Argentina.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Argentina

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Argentina 2-4 Nigeria 14 Nov, 2017 International Friendly
W Russia 0-1 Argentina 11 Nov, 2017 International Friendly
W Ecuador 1-3 Argentina 11 Oct, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – CONMEBOL
D Argentina 0-0 Peru 6 Oct, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – CONMEBOL
D Argentina 1-1 Venezuela 6 Sep, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – CONMEBOL

Italy

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Italy 0-0 Sweden 13 Nov, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
L Sweden 1-0 Italy 10 Nov, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Albania 0-1 Italy 9 Oct, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
D Italy 1-1 Macedonia 6 Oct, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Italy 1-0 Israel 5 Sep, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA

H2H

DATE COMPETITION
Italy 1-2 Argentina 14 Aug, 2013 International Friendly

 

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