Copa America Champions Argentina are set to take on UEFA Euro Champions Italy in the CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions, Finalissima 2022, on Thursday at Wembley Stadium. Here we have everything about Argentina vs. Italy, kick-off preview, prediction, and how to watch.
When and Where is Argentina vs. Italy?
Argentina vs. Italy will go underway on Thursday, 1 June 2022, at 6:45 pm GMT, which is 7:45 pm BST and 2:45 pm ET. It will be held at Wembley Stadium, London.
Finalissima 2022 Preview: kick-off
The Copa America 2021 Champions Argentina are on a hot streak of 31-match unbeaten run in international football. They have been unbeaten under Lionel Scaloni for almost 3 years. Lionel Messi and co. They shook off their 28-year-long trophy drought and won the Copa America Cup 2021.
The South American Champions defeated Brazil in the Copa America final by a 1-0 goal. Moreover, They qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2022 from the CONMEBOL region after being undefeated in the qualifiers.
However, there has been much discussion among football pundits about how well Argentina will play against a top-tier European side. A star-studded and balanced Argentina side is ready to answer the question at Wembley.
The Azzurri will lock horns with Argentina for another trophy at Wembley, where they won the UEFA Euro Cup 2020 (held in 2021) last year. Roberto Mancini’s men beat England in the Final on penalties.
Italy had been in a 35-match unbeaten run in International football from October 2018 to September 2021. Unfortunately, Azzurri will not be in the FIFA World Cup 2022. In March, they were knocked out from the qualifier playoff following their 1-0 defeat against North Macedonia.
The Azzurri will aim to defeat Argentina for the Finalissima 2022 to put the smile back on their faces and come back in winning ways before the UEFA Nations League.
Argentina vs. Italy Prediction:
It’s a tough call to find the winners between the two champions of two regions.
The Albicelestes have been unbeaten since 2019 in 31 matches. After winning the first major trophy in 28 years and qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2022 after an undefeated qualifying campaign, it would be very tough to see Argentina lose against Italy.
On the other hand, the Azzurri are in a dip in recent forms. In the playoff, they could not qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022 following a 0-1 defeat against North Macedonia. It took a heavy mental toll on the players.
However, it will be a perfect opportunity for them to come back in winning ways by grabbing the Finalissima trophy in 2022.
Surprise Sports experts predict that it will be a toe-to-toe battle between Argentina and Italy. The Azzurri should dominate the possession, but Argentina should look more threatening in the attack. Both teams should score.
The scores should be level after 90 minutes. As there will be no extra time, Argentina should win on penalties.
- Score Prediction: 1-1 after 90 minutes. Argentina wins on penalties.
Where to Watch Argentina vs. Italy?
Fox Sports will broadcast Argentina vs Italy match in the United States. So, you can watch Finalissima 2022 on TV via Fox Sports. If you prefer to watch the match online, you can tune in to fuboTV. FuboTV pro pass costs $69.99 per month. They offer a 7-day free trial as well.
From the UK, you can watch Argentina vs Italy via Premier Sports. It will be broadcast via DAZN in Canada, SuperSport in South Africa, ESPN in South America, and Sony Six in the Indian Subcontinent.
Who won the previous Finalissima Cup?
The Finalissima, CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions, was organized two times previously. It was formerly known as the Artemio Franchi Cup.
France won the Artemio Franchi Cup in 1985 and Argentina in 1993.