International Friendly: Argentina vs Haiti – Lineups, Preview and Predictions

Argentina will be looking to bounce back from their last outing, where they lost 6-1 against Spain.


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00:00 (GMT), Wednesday 30th May, La Bombonera (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

30-year-old Leo Messi may view this World Cup as his last opportunity to win the biggest prize in international football.

Therefore, their warm-up game against Haiti needs to be about finding rhythm and form, particularly because Argentina will view anything less than a semi-final appearance as a failure. 

Haiti are no pushovers and recently drew 3-3 with Japan and beat the United Arab Emirates 1-0. They have scored 11 goals in their last five games – though they are still very much underdogs for this game. 

Argentina lineup

Haiti lineup

Talking points

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In the buildup to the World Cup often these friendlies can be mundane and boring affairs. Argentina needs to make sure they play with the intensity they expect to have at the World Cup.

With games against Iceland, Nigeria, and Croatia coming at the World Cup, Haiti will not quite offer that same level of quality but it will give them a chance to get some form. Particularly after losing 6-1 last time out. 

For Haiti, this game represents a chance for a growing football nation to make a statement and declare that they are not a minnow anymore. 

Argentina have won three of their last six while Haiti have won just one of their last six.

Players to watch 

Paulo Dybala

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Of course heads normally turn to Leo Messi when asked to pick a danger man for Argentina. But Dybala is a scary prospect for any team such is his talent and skill.

The Haiti defence could have Messi, Dybala and Higuain/Aguero to worry about. A scary prospect for the 108th ranked team.

Duckens Nazon

The Wolverhampton Wanderers player has 10 goals in 23 caps for Haiti which makes him the danger man for Argentina to watch.

He spent this past season on loan at Oldham Athletic in League One where he impressed despite his team getting relegated. 

While Argentina may not be losing any sleep over Nazon, he represents the best chance for Haiti to score.  

Prediction – Argentina 5-0 Haiti

Will Argentina be ruthless? That should be the only thing stopping them from taking a comprehensive victory. 

It is questionable whether this game makes sense for a team warming up for the World Cup, such is the gulf in class between the two sides. But this game should be a confidence boost for the hosts heading into a very winnable World Cup.

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Connor Bromley is a Freelance journalist who covers the NHL and football. If there is a ball or puck being played with then he is covering it!

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