Italy vs Argentina: Finalissima 2022 Preview | Prediction | H2H | Lineup | Match Date | Time
The Euro 2020 winners, Italy, and the Copa America 2021 champions, Argentina, will square off at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night.
Event: Finalissima 2022
Teams: Italy (UEFA) vs Argentina (CONMEBOL)
Match Date: 1st June
Kick-off Time: 7.45 PM UK Time, 12.15 AM IST
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, England
UEFA and CONMEBOL agreed that every Euro and Copa America winner would play an intercontinental match.
The trophy has been recognised as a major prize which will count as an international trophy. The deal will take effect in 2022 when the previous year’s Copa America champion Argentina and Euro winner Italy playoff in the Finalissima at Wembley Stadium.
The Azzurri were the Champions of Europe, overcoming England in penalty shootouts. But eight months later their hopes of World Cup qualification were derailed after they finished second in the table, which means they had to play playoffs to secure a place in the 2022 World Cup.
However, they came short against North Macedonia and were eliminated from the World Cup play-off after a shock 1-0 defeat. But the Azzurri will have another opportunity to make amends by winning the Finalissima against Argentina.
The La Albiceleste beat Brazil 1-0 to clinch the Copa America title, their first major title since 1993. It was Lionel Messi’s first major title with his national side, since then they are now undefeated in 31 games and are poised to win another championship.
Messi and the company will be motivated to win another trophy with the national team squad.
Italy vs Argentina: Head-to-Head
The two nations have only met twice in friendly games, with Argentina winning both.
Italy vs Argentina: Form Guide
Italy vs Argentina: Flashback
Italy vs Argentina: Predicted Lineup
Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Zaniolo, Scamacca, Insigne
Argentina (4-2-3-1): E Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; De Paul, Rodriguez, Lo Celso; Messi, L Martinez, Di Maria
Italy vs Argentina: Prediction
Both countries are ready to compete for the primary prize for the first time since Italy and Argentina had only clashed in friendly matches. The South American heavyweights have a group full of high-calibre players, whilst Italy features men in their 30s.
The La Albiceleste are on a 30-match undefeated streak that shows no signs of abating. Lionel Messi and his teammates are favourites and have the aura of big games like these. Azzurri’s defensive flaws may aid Argentine strikers since they are always the first side to score, something Italy should be aware of.