9 January 2019
It was quite a shocking embarrassment for Italy to miss qualifying for the World Cup. It would be the first time in over 60 years that Italy didn’t qualify for the World Cup. However, that stain doesn’t entirely dent Italy’s reputation as a footballing giant. Hence it would an entertaining side when Italy encounter Argentina for the international friendlies.
For Argentina, they owe so much to their Barcelona magician Lionel Messi. Without his hat-trick on the final qualification match, Argentina would have been on the sidelines as non-participants sheering the playing World Cup teams. Well, Argentina would be preparing for a blistering World Cup experience by adequate preparation. While many say it would be an easy stroll for Argentina in a group less sophisticated with the likes of Nigeria, Croatia, and Iceland. However, experience has proven that complacency and underrating teams is one of the biggest abominations in football as the surprise is a constant spice of the game at the top level.
Talking about the friendly with Italy, Gigi Buffon has been pulled back from retirement and included in the squad while the enterprising Patrick Cutrone has already gotten his first call-up. However, in quite a questionable twist, Mario Balotelli who has scored 22 goals for Nice this season didn’t get a call-up. For Argentina, Higuain has been restored to the side.
Argentina is lavished with attacking talent, having the wealth of top world class strikers like Lionel Messi, Dybala, Aguero, Icardi etc. to choose from. With an attack as devastating as this, the world’s best defences would be forgiven to be terrified. Would you be expecting Argentina to win? If yes by what margin? If you are bold enough to say 2-1 or 3-1, Betfair is giving you a sizzling 7.0. No big requirements, this offer is open to both new and existing customers.