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Argentina predicted XI: West Ham & Man City stars to start vs Italy

Argentina vs Italy

One of the top international friendlies on Friday night sees Argentina take on Italy at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.

Argentina will be one of the favourites to win this summer’s World Cup.

While Argentina needed Leo Messi to drag them to Russia, the South American are among the frontrunners to win in Russia.

And Italy? The Azzurrri failed to qualify for the World Cup after they lost a playoff to Sweden.

Argentina predicted XI: West Ham & Man City

On Wednesday, Argentine news outlet Ole have looked into how Jorge Sampaoli is looking planning to setup La Albiceleste for the Italy game.

Of course, these matches are incredible important as they offer one of the last chances for Sampaoli to hammer down his best XI before this summer’s tournament.

According to Ole, West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini is set to get a start in the Italy game.

The West Ham star is set to play on the left of midfielder, while Lanzini will have Angel Di Maria ahead of him.

At the back, Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi is poised to start at centre-half.

The Man City defender will play in front of Man United backup goalie, Sergio Romero.

Up front, Gonzalo Higuain should lead the line with Leo Messi playing in the hole.

Argentina predicted XI vs Italy

Argentina’s international squad

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi is the main omission from the Argentina squad.

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres), Willy Caballero (Chelsea)

Defenders: Federico Fazio (Roma), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Leandro Paredes (Zenit St Petersburg), Javier Mascherano (Hebei Fortune), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Diego Perotti (Roma)

Argentina have been pooled with Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in the ‘group of death’ at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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