Wednesday, June 1st is the date when a forgotten competition called CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions will be played for the first time since 1993. This is a duel between the winners of the last European Cup and Copa America, which will in this case be a duel between Italy and Argentina. So, here's a closer look at this match and what we can expect from it.
Our free Italy vs Argentina predictions and betting tips
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Argentina to Win
This is a duel between two great teams and it's always tough to offer a prediction on it. However, Italy is probably still shaken after their failure to reach the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and Argentina might be able to take advantage of it.
The last time these two teams have met was back in 2018 and Argentina beat Italy in that game. And while that was a while ago and it was a friendly match, we can see Argentina coming victorious in this game as well.
Both Teams to Score – Yes
We would have to go way back in history for the h2h data for these two teams since Italy and Argentina met just five times in the last thirty years. That being said, both teams have scored in four of those five duels.
But even if we don't take that into account, we can still see both teams scoring in this game, especially since neither team has a home-court advantage in this game and because this is basically a glorified friendly match.
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Italy vs Argentina preview: Probable lineups, form, and recent news
Now is the time to take a look at both teams before they meet in La Finalissima, which is how this match has been dubbed by the media:
After their shocking loss to Macedonia in the playoffs of the WC Qualifiers, the Italian football world was clearly shaken. However, no changes were made and Roberto Mancini remained the team's manager. Italy only played one game since then and they beat Turkey 3-2 in that friendly game.
When it comes to squad selection for this game, Italy will be without injured Ciro Immobile, Federico Chiesa, Andrea Pinamonti, and Deomenico Berardi.
Italy potential starting lineup:
Donnarumma – Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson – Barella, Jorginho, Verratti – Zaniolo, Scamacca, Insigne
After they won Copa America last year, which was their first trophy since 1993, Argentina kept that same energy in the WC Qualifiers and they managed to secure a spot at 2022 World Cup by finishing second in the group and without a loss in 17 games. So, they are certainly high on confidence ahead of this game.
Meanwhile, Argentina's manager Lionel Scaloni has a full squad at his disposal since the team has no major injuries and all of their best players are available for this game.
Argentina predicted lineup:
E. Martinez – Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna – De Paul, Rodriguez, Lo Celso – Messi, L. Martinez, Di Maria
Frequently asked questions for Italy vs Argentina
- What was the result last time these teams met? Italy and Argentina last met in 2018 in a friendly game, which Argentina won 2-0.
- What is the venue of the game? The venue of the game is Wembley Stadium in London.
- When will the game start? The game will start at 7:45 pm GMT on Wednesday, June 1st.