Argentina-Slovenia Betting Preview: Albiceleste defence to continue to shine in La Plata

While his attacking options are enough to make the eyes water, Al Hain-Cole expects Alejandro Sabella's backline to continue their impressive form against weakened opposition
Argentina will be hoping to record a morale-boosting victory when they welcome Slovenia to La Plata on Saturday, in their final friendly before making the short trip to Brazil for the World Cup.

Unbeaten in 31 matches on home soil, La Albiceleste are overwhelming 1/4 (1.25) favourites with bet365 to sign off with another victory in front of their own fans.

The visitors arrive at the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata on the back of two consecutive defeats after going down 2-0 against Uruguay on Thursday night and are 10/1 (11.00) outsiders to come out on top against more South American opposition.

Alejandro Sabella’s men have drawn two of their last four matches, and you can get odds of 19/4 (5.75) on them being held to another stalemate this time out.

Despite their embarrassment of riches in attack, it is the defence that has stood out most prominently during the hosts’ World Cup preparations.

Having conceded just 15 goals in 16 games on their way to topping South America’s World Cup qualifying group, Sabella’s men have continued that fine form by keeping four consecutive clean sheets in exhibition matches against Ecuador, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania and Trinidad and Tobago.

This solid defensive platform should be more than capable of securing another shutout against an attack that has failed to score in four of their last five matches away from home, leaving Lionel Messi and Co. to bring home the victory.

With this in mind, odds of 10/11 (1.91) appear extremely generous on Argentina winning to nil in their final friendly match before heading off to the World Cup in high spirits, in a bet that would have paid out in four of Slovenia’s last five matches on the road.

That wager looks particularly safe considering Slovenia travel to South America without a number of key attackers, including Valter Birsa, Tim Matavz and Zlatan Ljubijankic.

Argentina to win to nil for a 2pt stake at 10/11 (1.91) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.