Rusia – Argentina World Friendly International Prediction and Preview: 11th November 2017
Argentina has failed 8 official games, but has had to work hard to secure its presence at the final tournament. The match with Russia is important because it will be played on one of the World Cup stadiums, and the South Americans want to see how they can handle such difficult weather conditions. And Russia has a good series of matches without fail, 5 in number, the team being exempt from the World Cup qualifying.
Aguero and Messi will be holders
Argentina secured its place in CM after the victory with Ecuador, scoring 3-1 away, match in which “pumas” were led by 1-0. Before that match, the Argentinians had 3 consecutive draws at the active, 0-0 with Peru, 1-1 with Venezuela and 0-0 with Uruguay. Russia comes after a 1-1 with Iran and a 4-2 against South Korea in two spectacular amateur matches. With Dzagoev at creation, the Russians have quite good offensive potential and guests already know this. But the game of the Russians does not bind the way we should and we often see big spaces between the midfielders and the defenders.
Five goals in the only direct match in history
In the only direct match between Russia and Argentina so far, the “pumas” were forced 3-2 away in 2009. The two bands have different game styles and some of the arguments are on the side of the guests. Aguero will be back on the field, and Messi is a titular, so the game will be dominated by South Americans. The likely team of Jorge Sampaoli looks like: Romero – Mascherano, Pezzella, Otamendi – Kranevitter – Perez, Lo Celso – Messi – Salvio, Aguero, Di Maria. The hosts are also preparing for a friendly match with Spain, which will take place in a few days, so they will appear in the starting team and reserves.