Argentina vs El Salvador Preview, Prediction and Betting Tips

Argentina vs El Salvador Preview, Prediction and Betting Tips

Argentina vs El Salvador Preview

The world-champion nation Argentina will start their international friendly agenda by facing El Salvador at Lincoln Financial Field, USA, this Saturday. Lionel Scaloni has initially called his best players around the globe for this Northern American tour, including Lionel Messi. However, recent news reported that the Inter Miami star would not take any part due to injury. 

Mess had a problem on his hamstring after the Nashville SC game last Wednesday. According to beIN Sports, Miami manager Gerardo Martino said that his priority was to make sure Messi is fit for the Concacaf Champions League quarter-final. One other name who is ruled out from the squad is Paulo Dybala, also due to injury.

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Argentina vs El Salvador Team News

Argentina vs El Salvador Team News
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Argentina won four and lost one in the last five games. From two previous meetings, Argentina have never conceded, but always managed to score two goals every game. Such a record put the world champions in the favour of winning.

Apart from Lionel Messi injury, Scaloni has to deal with another fitness issue for his two players Paulo Dybala and Lisandro Martinez. A good news for Brighton’s Valentin Barco who just got his first national team call-up while Facundo Buonanotte has his second after a friendly against Indonesia back in June.

El Salvador

The national team manager David Doniga is not distracted by Messi’s injury news. He stated that his only intention in this match is to win the game whether Messi played or not. However, Doniga admitted that his opponents have some notable names including Enzo Fernandez, Alexis McAllister, Nicolas Otamendi, and the goalie Emiliano Martinez. 

“I want to beat Argentina because I want to beat everyone,” Doniga said to DSPORTS Radio 103.1 FM. I don’t know how to prepare a team for anything else.”

Argentina vs El Salvador Predicted Lineups

Argentina Predicted Lineup: (4-3-3) Emi Martinez, Nico Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico, Nehuen Perez, Nahuel Molina, Alexis MacAllister, Enzo Fernandez, Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria, Lautaro Martinez, Julian Alvarez.

El Salvador Predicted Lineup: (4-3-3): Mario Gonzalez, Rudy Claver, Jorge Cruz, Adan Climaco, German Fuentes, Diego Flores, Christian Martinez, Darwin Ceren, Nathan Ordaz, Brayan Gil, Javier Ferman.

Argentina vs El Salvador Head-to-Head

This will be the third time for Argentina and El Salvador to see each other at the international stages with Albiceleste winning all of the previous meetings. The last time both countries faced each other was in 2015 in a friendly match where Argentina won 2-0.

The first encounter between both teams in history happened in the 1982 World Cup, also won by Argentina 2-0. Two Argentinian legends, Mario Kempes and Diego Maradona also played in that game but none of them scored. Both Albicelester’s goals were scored by. Daniel Pasarella and Daniel Bertoni. 

Last two meetups:

28 March 2015 | El Salvador 0-2 Argentina | Friendly

23 June 1982 | Argentina 2-0 El Salvador | World Cup

Argentina vs El Salvador Prediction

Argentina vs El Salvador
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Considering the current status of Argentina in the world football stage, it is likely that Lionel Scaloni’s squad would win another game against El Salvador. With Argentina bringing their best players in each position to Philadelphia, winning with a two-goal deficit or more would be reasonable for Argentina. 
Prediction: Argentina 3-1 El Salvador.

Argentina vs El Salvador Betting Tips and Odds

Argentina will have another clean sheet while El Salvador would struggle to score taking a look at the previous meetings. Plus, El Salvador have failed to score in their last four matches:-

Argentina to score more than one goal: yes
El Salvador to score more than one goal: no

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Where to Watch Argentina vs El Salvador?

  • United States: fuboTV, TUDN USA, FOX Deportes
  • Argentina: DAZN
  • India: Sony Liv
  • El Salvador: DAZN
  • UK:, DAZN