Argentina – Italy FREE PICKS
Argentina and Italy meet at Etihad Stadium, in what will be the first friendly match of the year for both teams. There is no record of direct confrontations between these two teams in the last 3 years. The last match was played on 14-08-2013 and ended with the score: Italy (1-2) Argentina.
The home team plays its first friendly of the year, after having played 4 in the last year, with the following markers: Argentina (2-4) Nigeria, Russia (0-1) Argentina, Singapore (0-6) Argentina and Brazil (0-1) Argentina. The team comes to this match after a home loss to Nigeria by (2-4). In the last 10 home matches Argentina has won 5, tied 2 and lost 3. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 6 of the last 14 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 6 times and only managed 1 comeback. In the last 14 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 3 of their 8 goals between minutes (46′-60 ‘).
Unlike his opponent, for Argentina this game is important, as he is preparing for the World Championship in Russia. We remember that the Argentines achieved the qualification for the World Cup, since they were in the third position of the qualifying phase of the South American zone. However, coach Jorge Sampaoli must make some changes to the team that usually plays at home, mainly in the offensive sector. Despite being a friendly game, the Argentina have a good record in their favor playing at home.
The visiting team plays their first friendly match of the year, having played 3 in the last year, with the following markers: Italy (3-0) Uruguay, Italy (8-0) San Marino and Holland (1-2) Italy. The team comes to this match after a draw at home with Sweden by (0-0). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Italy won 6 and lost 4. Their attack has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 4 times and only managed 1 comeback.
The Italy will not mark its presence in the World Championship of Russia, as it was behind Spain in their group and was eliminated in the playoff by the Swedish team. Therefore, this game does not have much interest for the Italian team. In this friendly game Luigi Di Biagio will be the team coach. Being so, in this game, the Italian team should not enter very motivated. We must also bear in mind that Italy does not have a very favorable history in friendly games, however, it does not lose out of home 4 matches ago.
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