Argentina will look to keep up their winning start to CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying when they face Bolivia on Tuesday at 9 PM (UK time).
La Albiceleste were made to work hard for the three points against a stubborn Ecuador last time out, winning 1-0 thanks to a Lionel Messi penalty.
Traditional strugglers at this level, Bolivia suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Brazil in their opening qualifier, managing just one shot on target as the likes of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho ran riot.
Although Argentina have generally dominated this fixture — and are expected to do so moving forward — it was Bolivia who actually emerged victorious last time these two sides met, winning 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier back in 2017. Lionel Scaloni will be keen to avoid a repeat.
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Bolivia & Argentina’s previous line-ups:
- Bolivia results (vs Brazil): Lampe; Chavez, Carrasco, Valverde, Sagredo; Arabe, Bustamante, Wayar, Munos, Miranda; Claros.
- Argentina (vs Ecuador): Armani; Montiel, Martinez, Otamendi, Tagliafico; De Paul, Paredes, Acuna; Messi, Ocampos; Martinez.
Bolivia manager Cesar Farias has a full squad to choose from with no injury or suspension concerns but is likely to make sweeping changes to his defence after conceding five against Brazil.
Paulo Dybala has not travelled to Bolivia due to a lack of match fitness, while Giovani Lo Celso has withdrawn from the squad due to a muscle injury. Messi and Lucas Ocampos will likely continue to work in tandem behind Lautaro Martinez in the absence of Sergio Aguero.
Players to watch:
- Bolivia: Given that they’ve only ever competed in three World Cups — and just one since 1950 — you can probably sense just how tough Bolivia find it at this level. Farias’ side were overrun in midfield against Brazil, resulting in an incredibly busy evening for Diego Wayar, who was forced into five tackles, four interceptions and two clearances. Unfortunately for Wayar, he simply had too much on his plate and was dribbled past 11 times on the night. With the likes of Messi and Ocampos to deal with this time, it could be another busy night for the 26-year-old.
- Argentina: While the majority of Bolivian eyes will be focused upon Messi, Lautaro Martinez will head into this game as a striker with a real point to prove. The 23-year-old has nine goals in 18 caps for his country but only two of them have been in competitive matches –against Qatar and Venezuela during the 2019 Copa America. Martinez has already scored three goals in three games for Inter at the start of the new Serie A season, though, so his finishing touch shouldn’t need any refining.