Spain v Argentina Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 27, 2018
Wanda Metropolitano - International Friendly
Two of the World Cup favourites will test themselves against each other on Tuesday, when Spain play Argentina at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano. With so many world class players on show, we could be in for a cracking game.
Argentina won the last meeting between the sides 4-1, with Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero all on target back in 2010. Spain won the two encounters before that 2-1, while the South Americans won the only competitive fixture between the countries by the same scoreline at the 1966 World Cup.
Rodrigo took advantage of his opportunity to start ahead of Diego Costa in netting an early opener against Germany on Friday, and the Valencia striker could start for La Roja once again. Exciting youngster Marco Asensio will battle it out with his Real Madrid team mate Isco for a place in the lineup.
After sitting out Argentina’s win over Italy at the weekend with muscle fatigue, Messi could come back into the side for this one. Aguero could feature in attack for La Albiceleste after sharing his box at the Etihad with Messi, meaning Higuain, Manuel Lanzini and Giovani Lo Celso are in danger of dropping out of the team.
Spain v Argentina Preview and Predictions
No medals will be handed out after this game, but the performances of each side will be under a lot of scrutiny. A resounding victory for either Spain or Argentina would be a real boost in one of the last warm up games before the summer’s Russia showpiece.
La Roja extended their unbeaten run to 17 games with a draw against Germany in Dusseldorf on Friday, last tasting defeat at Italian hands in the last 16 of Euro 2016. They are 21/20 to stretch their run even further with a victory against La Albiceleste in this one.
The visitors meanwhile trod a much more chequered path to Russia, only securing their World Cup place in their final game of qualification thanks to another Messi masterclass. Argentina are 3/1 for the win, which would reaffirm their credentials ahead of a tournament where they face Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in the group stages.
Spain have drawn their last two friendlies against Russia and Germany, and a third straight stalemate is priced at 64/25 in the betting. Argentina drew three of their last four South American qualifying matches, and a draw could be on the cards with neither side wanting to give much away on Tuesday.
A score draw at 19/5
A goalless draw would be a big surprise considering the attacking talent on show, making these odds look quite tempting.
Costa to score and Spain to win at 9/4
The Brazilian-born striker will enjoy home comforts in this game, while Messi is 4/1 for the same bet.