Spain take on Argentina – a clash between two international giants who are continuing their preparations for this summer’s World Cup – at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday. Spain are unbeaten since their exit from the 2016 European Championships while Argentina will be looking to build on their 2-0 defeat of Italy on Friday.
Where and when: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid – 27 March, kick-off 20:30
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Last time: Argentina ran out 4-1 victors in a friendly in September 2010 with Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero all on target, as Fernando Llorente grabbed a late consolation for Spain.
Spain v Argentina Predictions and Preview
As is generally the case for international friendlies, the result for both sides is of secondary importance to a strong performance and experimenting with new players and tactics.
Julen Lopetegui’s side will be favourites for this game due to possessing home advantage and also because of Argentina’s scrambled qualification to the 2018 World Cup.
Jorge Sampaoli’s men needed a final day win at Ecuador to seal their place in Russia, while Spain comfortably qualified for the finals – topping a qualification group which included Italy.
Spain are available at odds of 21/20 to win this encounter, with an away win priced at 3/1 and the draw at 12/5.
International friendlies can often be low-scoring affairs – fewer than 2.5 goals is priced at 16/19 while under 1.5 goals is available at 11/5.
For Spain to be ahead at both half time and full time is 12/5 while a ‘double chance’ on Argentina either winning or drawing is at 5/6.
One to watch for Spain: Diego Costa has been out of the international fold since June – when he scored against Macedonia – due to being in limbo between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid. The in-form striker is back in the squad at the expense of Alvaro Morata and is 7/4 to score anytime in this game.
One to watch for Argentina: Lionel Messi is the nation’s all-time leading goalscorer with 61 goals in 123 caps and will be up against many familiar opponents. He has never scored a goal at this stadium – he has only made one appearance! – and is priced at 19/10 to score at any point here.
Long shot: Both these teams have the capability for a lot of goals – Argentina’s 4-2 defeat to Nigeria and Spain’s 3-3 draw with Russia cases in point – and there are odds of 7/1 for there to 4.5 goals or more in this encounter.