Having dismissed its most important player, Argentina closes on Tuesday, November 14, its first set of games to prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. At the Krasnodar stadium in Krasnodar, Russia, it will test its team against Nigeria. The friendly is scheduled to start at 14:30 (Brasília time).
Argentina’s recent performance
On Saturday, November 11, the Argentines also played on Russian soil. They faced the hosts in Moscow and won 1-0. The goal was scored by Sergio Aguero in the 41st minute of the second half.
After the duel, Barcelona striker Lionel Messi was dismissed. A measure taken by coach Jorge Sampaolli not to overtax the one who is his main player and greater hope in achieving a good result in the Russian World. It was Barça’s top scorer who played decisively in the match against Ecuador in the final round of the South American qualifiers. He led the team, which was threatened to stay out of the 2018 World Cup in a 3-1 win in Ecuador, and secured the spot.
Your absence leaves room for testing options. The game against the Russians and the discreet campaign in the South American qualifiers showed that this is necessary. At no time did Argentina show quality football compatible with the technical level demonstrated by the athletes called in their clubs.
This is especially true for the attack. Even filled with stars and giving himself the luxury of leaving out well-known names like Higuain, Juventus, Argentina presents immense difficulties to put the ball in the net. Against the Russians had 70% of possession and managed to turn that domain into opportunities. He tried 20 finals, but sent only 35% on target.
If the result was less than the football presented, at least served to lengthen an undefeated series of Argentines, which already reaches seven matches. There were four wins and three draws.
Without Messi, Sampaolli has the following players to face Nigeria:
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzman (Tigers), Agustin Marchesin (Club America)
Defenders: Javier Mascherano (FC Barcelona), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Federico Fazio (Roma), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Emiliano Insua
He is also a member of the team of Ever Banega (Sevilla), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP), Matias Kranevitter (Zenit St Petersburg), Leandro Paredes (Zenit St Petersburg), Emiliano Rigoni , Diego Perotti (Rome)
Attackers: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Dario Benedetto (Boca Juniors), Cristian Pavon
The current form of Nigeria
The Nigerians entered the field on Friday, November 10, for an official game with a friendly face. For the sixth and final round of the African qualifiers for the World Cup in Africa, they faced Algeria in the opponent’s field and were drawn by a 1-1 draw.
Nigerians were already qualified for the World Cup. With equality, they reached 14 points (four wins and two draws). They scored 12 goals and suffered four, leaving behind in Group B the selections of Zambia (eight points), Cameroon (seven) and, of course, Algeria (two).
Coach Gernot Rohr has called the following athletes for both the qualifiers and the duel this Tuesday:
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain);
Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England);
Socks: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidiebere Nwakali (Sogndal FC, Norway);
Attackers: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Henry Onyekuru (RSC Anderlecht, Belgium); and Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel).
History of the matches Argentina vs Nigeria
In seven matches against Nigeria, Argentina won five times. There was a draw and only an African success. The most recent duel was at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which ended with a 3-2 victory over South America.
It is scary the inability of Argentines to put the ball in the network of rivals, especially considering the great technical ability of their attacking players. Against Nigerians, who are far from possessing an impenetrable defensive system, this mission can be facilitated. So the guess in the South Americans is the best option for starting with a price of 1.57 in Bet365. Draw shows return of 3.75 and African success multiplies the investment by 6.00