In their final warmup game before heading to Qatar as one of the World Cup favourites, Argentina will make their lastl tweaks against UAE.
Lionel Messi and Co. have gone a staggering 35 matches without losing in the build-up to the 2022 World Cup, lifting the Copa America along the way.
They’ll be confident of keeping that record intact against UAE, who failed to qualify and are down at 70th in the FIFA world rankings.
Argentina will take the chance to test out some players and options in this game, which takes place six days before their World Cup kick-off.
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Argentina vs UAE live stream, TV channel
The friendly from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi kicks off at 19:30 local time. A sellout crowd of 40,000 will see these two nations face off for the first time at the senior international level.
The match will be televised in both countries, but will not be widely available around the globe. Fans in the USA can watch it on TUDN, and that channel streams on fuboTV, which offers a free trial for new users.
|Australia||Thurs, Nov. 17||02:30 AEDT||—||—|
|Canada||Wed, Nov. 16||10:30 EST||—||—|
|Hong Kong||Wed, Nov. 16||23:30 HKT||—||—|
|India||Wed, Nov. 16||21:00 IST||—||—|
|Malaysia||Wed, Nov. 16||23:30 HKT||—||—|
|New Zealand||Thu, Nov. 17||04:30 NZDT||—||—|
|Singapore||Wed, Nov. 16||23:30 HKT||—||—|
|UK||Wed, Nov. 16||15:30 GMT||—||—|
|USA||Wed, Nov. 16||10:30 EST||TUDN||fuboTV, TUDN site/app|
Argentina vs. UAE lineups
There were a number of injury concerns for Argentina ahead of the 26-man squad announcement, not least Angel Di Maria. The experience winger has started just three games for Juventus this season and is still recovering from a muscle injury.
Centre-back Cristian Romero has also been on the sidelines with a hamstring issue but was included in the squad like Di Maria.
Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni will take the opportunity to make lots of changes in this match: the final chance to assess his charges.
Argentina (4-2-3-1): Martinez (GK) — Molina, Otamendi, Martinez, Tagliafico — De Paul, Paredes — Alvarez, Messi, Papu Gomez —Martinez.
The UAE team will be out of their depth against the World Cup heavyweights, with most of their players featuring domestically in the UAE Pro League.
UAE (4-1-4-1): Al-Shamsi (GK) — Suroor, Al Hammadi, Al Attas, Juma — Salmeen — Al-Ahbabi, Al Mehrzi, Ramadan, Al-Maazmi — Caio.
Argentina vs. UAE odds, prediction
The oddsmakers are expecting no surprises in this crucial warmup for Argentina, banking on Messi and Co. to extend their unbeaten streak to 36 games in time for Qatar.
In their last three matches UAE have scored once and conceded seven against far lesser opposition.
- Pick: Argentina victory
- Prediction: Argentina 4-0 UAE
|Over/Under 2.5 goals||-182 / +130||TBC||4/7, 5/4||1.53 / 2.30|
|Both teams to score (Y/N)||+125 / -182||2.24 / 1.51||11/8, 8/15||2.30 / 1.57|