The first rumored Argentina line-up is out and Eduardo SALVIO is in it.
This is it. Argentina’s final match of these South American World Cup Qualifiers as they play away in Ecuador. It’s very, very simple. Win and you’re guaranteed at the very least a playoff match against New Zealand (with a chance to go as high as third place in the standings). Anything else and you’re pretty much not going to the 2018 World Cup (unless the stars align and every other result in South America goes your way). With about 48 hours until kick off, we have our first rumored line-up.
SALVIO and PEREZ to start
ROMERO; MERCADO, OTAMENDI, MASCHERANO, ACUNA; BIGLIA, Enzo PEREZ; SALVIO, MESSI, DI MARIA; BENEDETTO
Not too many changes from the 0-0 draw against Peru but Enzo PEREZ starts in place of Ever BANEGA and Eduardo SALVIO in for Papu GOMEZ. According to reports, Mauro ICARDI is still carrying a knock, hence why he is not starting. As for Paulo DYBALA, it appears that because he is still not in sync with MESSI (the two get in the way of each other), he will not be starting.
I’m not a fan of this line-up but if it gets us to Russia, I’m all in. A little side comment, I have a feeling (and this is just a gut feeling) that should Argentina not qualify for the 2018 World Cup, this could possibly be the last time we see Javier MASCHERANO and Lionel MESSI in an Argentina shirt. No concrete evidence, just a feeling.