Lionel Messi is back on International duties as Argentina takes on Italy in the Finalissima 2022 on Thursday at Wembley, London. Here we have everything about Argentina vs Italy, preview, team news, lineup, 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:
Copa America Cup 2021 Champions Argentina and Euro Cup 2020 Champions Italy will meet at Wembley for the Cup of Champions named Finalissima 2022. It will be a one-off fixture for the title. The match will go straight to penalties if the score is level after 90 minutes.
The Albicelestes are on a hot streak of a 31-match unbeaten run in international football. They have been unbeaten under Lionel Scaloni for almost 3 years. After being undefeated in the qualifiers, they qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2022. It will give them confidence for the crucial clash against Italy.
Argentina beat Brazil in the Copa America final by a 1-0 goal to become the South American Champions and end their 28-year-long trophy drought. The star-studded Argentina side will be up for grabbing another International trophy at Wembley.
The Azzurri will aim for another International 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. Shockingly, the 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.
Argentina vs. Italy: Team News and Probable Lineup
Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni announced the squad for Finalissima 2022 a week earlier. Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Angel Di Maria, and Lautaro Martinez are all included in the squad. Feyenoord defender Marcos Senesi is called up for the first time and may make his debut for Argentina.
Leandro Paredes will be unavailable in midfield due to injury. Crucial center-back Cristian Romero remains doubtful to start for a knock.
Argentina Probable Lineup (4-3-3):
Emiliano Martinez; Juan Foyth, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Acuna; De Paul, Guido Rodriguez, Lo Ceslo; Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Angel Di Maria
Due to injury, the Azzurri forwards Ciro Immobile and Federico Chiesa will not be available for Italy.
Roma young gun Nicolo Zaniolo may start alongside Lorenzo Insigne in the attack. Jorginho will be the key piece in midfield, and Marco Verratti will create opportunities from midfield. The Euro 2020 player of the tournament, Donnarumma, will stop goals for Italy.
The Azzurri veteran center-back Giorgio Chiellini will play his last match wearing an international shirt.
Italy Probable Lineup (4-3-3):
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Emerson, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Leonardo Spinazzola; Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Marco Verratti; Bernardeschi, Nicolo Zaniolo, Lorenzo Insigne
H2H and Last Meeting
Argentina and Italy went head to head 15 times in total. The European side have a slight edge over Argentina with 6 wins. The Albicelestes have 5 wins, and 4 draws between them.
In their last meeting, Argentina beat Italy by 2-0 goals in a friendly match in 2018 in England. Ever Banega and Manuel Lanzini socred for Argentina in 2nd half.
The two football giants last met in a World Cup match in 1990, which ended in a 1-1 after extra time. Argentina won 4-3 on penalties.
Argentina vs. Italy Prediction:
It’s a tough call to find the winners between the two champions of two regions.
Surprise Sports experts predict that it will be a toe-to-toe battle between Argentina and Italy. The Azzurri should dominate the possession in midfield, having Jorginho and Verratti. Argentina should look sharper in attack with Inter goal-machine Lautaro Martinez and Lionel Messi upfront.
- Score Prediction: 1-1 after 90 minutes. Argentina wins on penalties.
How to Watch Finalissima 2022: Argentina vs. Italy?
Fox Sports will broadcast Argentina vs Italy match in the United States. If you prefer to watch the match via online streaming, you can tune in to fuboTV.
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.