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Argentina vs El Salvador Predictions, Tips and Odds: World Champions to win despite no Messi

Argentina vs El Salvador International Friendly Predictions: Tips and Odds

World Cup winners Argentina will have to do without Lionel Messi when they take on El Salvador in an international friendly at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, on Saturday at midnight (UK time). 

Argentina vs El Salvador predictions

Argentina vs El Salvador: Predictions

Bet Prediction Bookmaker odds
BTTS? No 40/85 with Betfair
Correct Score Argentina 3-0 El Salvador 5/1 with Sky Bet
First Goalscorer Julian Alvarez 4/1 with 10bet

The stats behind our Argentina vs El Salvador predictions:

  • Argentina have lost just two of their last 53 matches.
  • El Salvador have failed to score in each of their last four matches.
  • Argentina’s last nine wins have all been to nil.

Argentina to continue incredible defensive run

Since besting France in the World Cup final back in December 2022, Argentina have been nearly unstoppable.

The World Cup winners have played 10 games during that time, winning nine and scoring 21 goals, with the only blip coming in a 2-0 defeat to Uruguay back in November. In fact, they have now lost just two of their last 53 games and will be hoping to continue that form into the Copa America this summer, where they will be hoping to defend their title.

Defensively they have been near perfect, having conceded just twice in their last 10 games and keeping nine clean sheets during that time, while in attack they have been consistently finding the back of the net and dispatching sides with relative ease. Despite not having Lionel Messi this month, La Albiceleste still have some serious firepower to call upon.

Lautaro Martinez, who despite missing his penalty in the Champions League quarter-final, is having a season to remember for Inter, leading the race for the Golden Boot with 23 goals – his joint-best return in a single league season for the club, while Julian Alvarez, who has had to fill in for Erling Haaland at times has also been impressive. After scoring four times for Argentina at the World Cup, La Araña has gone from strength to strength helping City win the treble last season as well as scoring 13 goals and providing 10 assists in the Premier League and Champions League for Pep Guardiola’s men this term.

Argentina vs El Salvador match tip

Argentina to win to nil @ 1/2 with Sky Bet

Argentina are expected to win this friendly with relative ease, with opponents El Salvador not expected to give the world champions too many problems, having failed to score in any of their last four matches. Lionel Scaloni’s men have kept nine clean sheets in their last 10 games across all competitions, conceding only to Uruguay since the 2022 World Cup final.

Argentina vs El Salvador odds


Odds correct as of 11:10 on March 21

It’s not surprising that Argentina are huge favourites for this clash giving their recent record and the huge gap in quality between the two sides. Expect them to wrack up a few goals and keep yet another clean sheet here. El Salvador are 28/1 to provide a shock.

Argentina vs El Salvador team news 

Lionel Messi has not been included in Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina squad for March after picking up an injury for Inter Miami in their MLS clash with Nashville. He joins Exequiel Palacios and Paulo Dybala on the sidelines. Young forwards Facundo Buonanotte and Alejandro Garnacho will once again be given the chance to show what they can do on the international stage, while Nicolas Otamendi and Cuti Romero are expected to continue at CB.

Argentina vs El Salvador head-to-head

  • 28/03/15 – El Salvador 0-2 Argentina – International Friendly
  • 23/06/82 – Argentina 2-0 El Salvador – World Cup

The only two previous meetings between these nations have both ended in a 2-0 victory for Argentina, including during the 1982 World Cup group stages.

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