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Argentina v Nicaragua

Argentina vs Nicaragua: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

00:20 IST 07/06/2019
Lionel Messi Argentina 2019
Lionel Messi & Co. continue their Copa America preparations against opponents seeking to stretch themselves before the Gold Cup

Argentina’s final Copa America warm up match sees them tackle Nicaragua in San Juan on Friday.

Results have been mixed for Lionel Scaloni’s side, who have won five, drawn one and lost two of their matches since losing 4-2 to France at the World Cup last year.

With a mediocre record in major competitions, particularly in recent years, the onus is once again on the Albiceleste to shine in the summer, but failure to overcome the minnows of Nicaragua this weekend would be a major blow to their confidence.

Game Argentina vs Nicaragua
Date Friday, June 7
Time 1:10am BST / 8:10pm ET
Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial)

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US), the game can be watched on BeINSports and  live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).

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US TV channel Online stream
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be not be broadcast or available to stream.

UK TV channel Online stream

Squads & Team News

Position Argentina squad
Goalkeepers Armani, Marchesin, Andrada
Defenders Foyth, Tagliafico, Saravia, Pezzella, Funes Mori, Casco, Otamendi
Midfielders Paredes, Pereyra, Acuna, Di Maria, Pizarro, De Paul, Rodriguez, Lo Celso
Forwards Aguero, Messi, Suarez, Dybala, Martinez

Argentina starting XI: Armani, Saravia, Otamendi, Foyth, Acuna; Rodriguez, Lo Celso, Paredes; Suarez, Aguero, Messi

Position Nicaragua squad
Goalkeepers Lorente, Maradiaga, Rodriguez
Defenders Flores, Copete, Lopez, Perez, Rosas, Montenegro, Huete, Quijano
Midfielders Lopez, Cadena, Punyed, Serapio, Baez, Arteaga, Betancur, Gkoufas
Forwards Chavarria, Galeano, Bonilla, Barrera

Nicaragua starting XI: Lorente; Quijano, Copete, Rosas, Montenegro; M. Lopez, Punyed, Chavarria, Bonilla; Barrera, Betancur.

Betting & Match Odds

Argentina are incredibly short-priced favourites with Bet365, offered at 1/50. Nicaragua can be backed at 33/1 while a draw is available at 16/1.

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Match Preview

Argentina’s road to the Copa America ends on Friday with a friendly match against Nicaragua, which is their final opportunity to tune up before the continental competition begins in Brazil.

The last time La Albiceleste won a major international tournament was in 1993, when Lionel Messi had just turned six, and with each passing competition pressure mounts on the team – and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner – to break that duck.

“In Russia, from the first day, everything went wrong,” Angel Di Maria admitted to Fox Sports. “Things didn’t go as well planned. We just made the World Cup, thanks to Leo. Everything kept going bad, what happened against Nigeria and against France, we knew that things weren’t right.

“What’s important, though, is what’s happening now. The good atmosphere, the group. There are no problems and that’s the best thing. 

“We’re candidates to win the Copa America because we’re Argentina and we have the best player in the world.”

Candidates they may be, but there is little doubt that Brazil go into the competition as favourites, having defeats their great rivals 1-0 last October. Since, Argentina have twice beaten Mexico but slumped to a 3-1 loss to Venezuela in March, despite Messi’s presence, and only edged Morocco a day later.

This is not a nation yet playing to the standard one would expect of a serious candidate for glory this summer and in order to build confidence they would expect to put several goals past a team that will compete in the Gold Cup, which begins later this month.

Nicaragua, who are 129th on the FIFA Ranking, picked up a very creditable 2-2 draw in Bolivia on their last visit to South American soil, but are not used to playing teams the standard of Argentina. 

Their last match was a CONCACAF Champions League meeting with Barbados, which they won 1-0, while in the Gold Cup fixtures against Costa Rica, Haiti and Bermuda await. 

Anything other than a heavy defeat would be a positive result for the Central Americans.