The South American giants are preparing for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar in two months' time, while Honduras have not qualified for the global event.
Argentina will take on Honduras in an international friendly at the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida on Friday evening local time. The South American giants are preparing for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar in two months’ time, while Honduras have not qualified for the global event. La Albiceleste are heading into the match on the back of a dominant 5-0 win over Estonia in a friendly in June, while Honduras secured a 2-1 victory over Canada in a CONCACAF Nations League match in the same month.
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La Albiceleste thrashed Estonia courtesy of a five star performance from Lionel Messi, as he netted all five goals at El Sadar. Prior to that, Lionel Scaloni’s side beat European champions Italy 3-0 to lift the CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions title. Argentina had an impressive World Cup qualification campaign, registering 11 wins and 6 draws from their 17 games to pocket 39 points, six behind first-placed Brazil. The 2014 World Cup finalists would be desperate to lift the Jules Rimet trophy for the first time since 1986 and their quest for a third world title will kickoff against Saudi Arabia on November 22.
Honduras, on the other hand, had a disastrous qualifying campaign, finishing at the bottom of the Octagon with only four points from 14 games. Following the dismal performance, Hernan Gomez’ brief reign came to an end in late March and Diego Vasquez was chosen as his permanent successor. The 51-year-old began his stint with two wins from three matches, including an impressive 2-1 victory over Canada, who have qualified for the World Cup courtesy of finishing on top of the North American qualifying group.
Argentina’s defensive duo of Christian Romero and Lisandro Martinez are facing a race against time to reach United States from England because of some visa issues.Therefore Benfica-man Nicolas Otamendi is likely to marshall the back-four with Rodrigo De Paul, Paredes and Giovani Lo Celso forming the midfield-trio. Lutaro Martinez is expected to lead the line with Messi and Angel Di Maria in support. As for Honduras, Vazquez is likely to opt for a 4-4-2 formation with Quito leading the line.
Argentina probable starting lineup: Martinez, Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico, De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso, Messi, Martinez, De Maria
Honduras probable starting lineup: Lopez, Pereira, Maldonado, Melendez, Elvir, Benavides, Flores, Arriaga, Rivas, Quito, Palma
The international friendly match between Argentina and Honduras will take place at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday at 5:30 am IST.
|Argentina vs Honduras||Key details|
|Date||September 23 (USA)|
|Venue||Hard Rock Stadium, Florida|
|Kickoff time in USA||8:00 pm (Friday)|
|kickoff time in Argentina||9:00 pm (Friday)|
|Kickoff time in Honduras||6:00 pm (Friday)|
For the football fans in Argentina, live telecast of the match will be available on TyC Sports Argentina, DIRECTV Sports app, Claro Sports and TyC Sports Play. Meanwhile, those in Honduras can catch the live action via Canal 5 Televicentro Honduras, Deportes TVC and Claro Sports. Besides, in USA, the live coverage of the match between Argentina and Honduras will be available through beIN Sports network.