The one-off CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions 2022, also called the Finalissima 2022, will have the UEFA Euro 2020 champions Italy taking on Copa America 2021 winners Argentina at the Wembley Stadium in the early hours of Thursday, June 2. The match will kick-off at 12:15 AM IST.
This is the third edition of the intercontinental match between the champions of Europe and South America.
Unlike Argentina, who have selected a strong squad for the final, Italy have been marred by several injury issues. The likes of Domenico Berardi and Andrea Pinamonti are both ruled out of the fixture while Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Gaetano Castrovilli and Rafael Toloi are the recent casualties.
Meanwhile, the match will mark the final appearance of Italy’s long-serving defender Giorgio Chiellini, who will take the field for the 117th time for his national team on Thursday.
As for Argentina, Lionel Messi will continue to don the armband and is most likely to be joined by Lautaro Martinez and Angel Di Maria up front.
Italy vs Argentina odds for CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions 2022
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Italy vs Argentina recent form
The Euro 2020 winners, who have missed out on the World Cup for the second time running, have had problems in getting wins of late. In fact, the team has won just two of their last seven games since their triumph over England in the continental championship.
Argentina, on the other hand, have been far better than their Thursday’s opponent, winning six of their last eight matches. This includes wins over Uruguay, Chile and Colombia.
Italy: W, L, D, D, W
Argentina: D, W, W, W, D
Italy vs Argentina head-to-head
In a total of 15 matches played between the two teams, Italy have won six while Argentina have come out on top on five occasions. Four matches have been drawn.
While Italy do enjoy the overall advantage, it is important to note that Argentina have defeated Italy in each of their last four meetings, including international friendlies.
Italy vs Argentina prediction and football betting tips for CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions 2022
The fact that Argentina have been the dominant side between the two in recent years pretty much sums up why they have the better odds of winning. Add Italy’s current run of form and the missing players due to injury, Argentina become all the more favourites.
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