Italy-Argentina Betting Preview: Rome to prove too hot for Messi-less Albiceleste

Cesare Prandelli’s men aim to end their losing streak against Sabella’s men on Wednesday night

Italy will be out to avenge their 2-1 defeat in the hands of their Argentina when both sides clashed in a friendly encounter played at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome, 12 years ago.

Argentina will be seeking to continue their impressive run against the Italians as they fine tune strategies for their important World Cup qualifier against Paraguay.

Coincidentally, the last time the Azzurri played a competitive game was against another South American team, Uruguay at the Fifa Confederations’ Cup and not minding the absence of their star striker, Balotelli, Prandelli’s men are outstanding favorites to cruise home to victory against their eternal foes. The odds is available at 7/5 (2.4) according to Ladbrokes.

Having met severally at the Fifa World Cups, the visitors will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run over the Italians having won their last two international outings and they are chalked up at  21/10 (3.10) with Ladbrokes to claim victory in Rome again. The draw is a 21/10 (3.10) play with the same firm.

Sabella's team  are yet to lose a match in their last six outings and as they look set to grab a World Cup ticket, it is expected they put up a great show in the Italian capital city.

In the goal scorers market, Argentine born Italian star, Pablo Daniel  Osvaldo plus the duo of  Alberto Gilardino and Stephan El Shaarawy are 7/1 (8.00) chance to get the curtain raiser on the night.

Argentina in the absence of Lionel Messi, though, also offer a potent attacking threat with Gonzalo Higuain, Erik Lamela and Ezequiel Lavezzi expected to feature for Alejandro Sabella’s side.

Lavezzi is available at 8/1 (9.00) to break the deadlock with Higuain chalked at 6/1 (7.00) with the same firm to score first.  Punters seeking for a value bet should back Italy to win and over 2.5 goals to be scored in match at 3/1 (4.00).

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