European Champions Italy returns to the field after the enormous disappointment of not qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. The Azzurri will face Argentina in the 'Finalissima' (or Cup of Champions), a new cup that sees the winning nation of the Euros compete against the champions of the Copa America. Looking for Italy vs Argentina predictions on 1st June 2022? Here you will find our betting tips, best bets, exclusive free bets, probable lineups and where to watch the game on TV.
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How to watch Italy v Argentina
Wednesday night’s match between Italy and Argentina kicks off at Wembley Stadium (London) at 7.45pm and is live on Premier Sports in the UK. A Premier Sports subscription is available for UK viewers from £9.99/month.
You can live stream the action from the Premier Player, which is available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.
Don't forget that there are no extra times for this match. If it ends in a draw the Wembley crowd will be treated to a penalty shootout after 90 minutes.
Italy vs Argentina Betting Preview
Italy are still shocked due to the exclusion from the next World Cup (second consecutive time after the infamous Giampiero Ventura's national team). This time, however, the disappointment is even greater: the Azzurri were deservedly crowned Europen Champions in summer 2021 and were top of the group for most of the qualifying period. The latest underwhelming performances against Bulgaria, Switzerland (twice) and Northern Ireland, plus the two missed penalties by Jorginho, meant that Switzerland qualified as group winner. In the play-offs, then, the completion of the disaster: Macedonia beat Roberto Mancini's men 1-0 in Palermo courtesy of their only shot on target of the match (the Azzurri had almost 40 attempts without finding the back of the net).
Argentina, on the other hand, comfortably qualified for the World Cup in Qatar. The Albiceleste dominated the CONMEBOL group together with Brazil and was drawn into Group C of the 2022 World Cup where they will face Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland. Lionel Scaloni's team also dominated in the latest Copa America, winning 6 of the 7 games played, including the final against Brazil (decided by Angel Di Maria's goal). Before that success against Seleçao, Argentina drew 1-1 with Chile and beat Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia (on penalties) on their path to Copa America glory.
As to direct encounters, Argentina beat Italy in the last 4 matches against the Azzurri. The Italians suffered the most recent KO in a friendly match in March 2018: the result was 2-0 in favor of Albiceleste.
Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Insigne, Scamacca, Raspadori.
It will be a special match for captain Giorgio Chiellini: after saying goodbye to Juventus a few weeks ago, he will also put an end to his adventure in the national team. It could be also Lorenzo Insigne's last appearance for Italy: released from Napoli, he will move to Toronto in the MLS. Playmakers Marco Verratti and Jorginho are not 100% fit: both, however, should be able to recover in time. Niccolò Barella will occupy the other available place in midfield. With Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Moise Kean, Nicolò Zaniolo and Domenico Berardi unavailable, the Sassuolo's duo formed by Giacomo Raspadori and Gianluca Scamacca will lead the line.
Argentina (4-3-3): E. Martínez; Montiel, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, G. Rodriguez, Lo Celso; Messi, L. Martínez, Di María
Leo Messi, fresh from a not exactly exciting season at PSG, will lead the attack. Angel Di Maria and Lautaro Martinez will also start with the former Barcelona star while the now ex Juventus player Paulo Dybala, still waiting to know his future, and the Inter Milan player Joaquin Correa are viable alternatives. In midfield, Atletico Madrid's Rodrigo De Paul will be joined by Giovani Lo Celso and one between Guido Rodriguez and Leandro Paredes. In defense, the expert Nicolas Otamendi will have the Tottenham centre-back Cristian Romero as a partner. Gonzalo Montiel and Marcos Acuña will be the full backs.
Italy v Argentina Betting Tips
Argentina boasts a very long unbeaten streak: they have not lost since July 2019 (a series of 32 games) and are targeting Italy's record-breaking streak under Roberto Mancini, interrupted last autumn by the defeat against Spain in the Nations League. The Italian manager is struggling with many absences and a very low morale. In our opinion, Argentina will extend their unbeaten streak: we are backingthe double chance X2 (Argentina to win or draw). As for the total number of goals, we expect an Under 2.5 match while, among the correct scores, the 1-0 in favor of the South Americans is our pick. Keep an eye on Lautaro Martinez among the possible goalscorers: the Inter forward finished the season in a crescendo and has an excellent scoring average in the national team.
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