Alexis Mac Allister of Brighton in rumored Argentina XI, Franco Armani to start


Alexis Mac Allister of Brighton is rumored to be in the Argentina starting XI with Franco Armani set to start.

Mac Allister could find himself starting in Friday’s World Cup qualifying match for Argentina against Venezuela as coach Lionel Scaloni will have many players missing. Rodrigo De Paul and Leandro Paredes are both expected to start in midfield but Gio Lo Celso, who would normally start alongside them, is suspended which opens the door for a midfielder.

That third spot in midfield can go to either Alexis Mac Allister or Exequiel Palacios. According to Doble Amarilla, both of those two players are fighting for a place in the eleven.

Franco Armani is also expected to be the starting goalkeeper. Emiliano “Dibu” Martinez of Aston Villa is also suspended and veteran Franco Armani would start in his place. Here is the rumored line-up:

Armani; Molina, Pezzella, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Paredes, De Paul, Palacios or Mac Allister; Messi; Nicolás Gonzalez, Joaquín Correa or Julián Álvarez

Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni will be missing the following players for the match against Venezuela on Friday in the World Cup qualifiers:

Gonzalo Montiel (suspended)
Lisandro Martínez (injured, not with the team)
Ángel Di Maria (injured, not expected to play)
Lautaro Martínez (COVID, will not play)
Emiliano “Dibu” Martínez (suspended)
Emiliano Buendía (suspended)
Cristian “Cuti” Romero (suspended)
Gio Lo Celso (suspended)

The Argentina national team will play two matches in March. The first against Venezuela on March 25 and the second on March 29 against Ecuador.


  1. Armani??!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣😭😭
    This type of decission means that Scaloni is just f**king himself & this shining team as well! Very sad & frustrating really..

  2. I hope we lose either against Ecuador or or Venezuela because of an Armani mistake , maybe that will hurt scaloni by cancelling his winning record . Argentina coaches never learn

  3. This is why we are opposing the inclusion of Armani…he’s not in top 5 Argentine GKs currently. Purely undeserving spot.. and he starts..too…!

    God saved Argentina..when Armani had COVID at right time… otherwise we would have played Copa with Armani as number GK..! Now, again God has to save us…to omit him from the team. Otherwise, hes going to play in WC..when Emi is injured or suspended. Scary situation..!

    If Scaloni doesn’t use Musso now…Don’t expect that he will be second choice in WC. If Argentina really want to win..we have to select best players. GKs in WC should be;

  4. The Armani selection is purely political and this is the reason we don’t win.

    We have some River fans here. Have you ever seen them ask the question about Armani?
    Have you ever heard Argentine press ask Scaloni the question of why Armani?

    This is pure corruption and we will pay for it.
    Have you seen Armani play? He is not even in a physical condition to play serious football, forget World cup.

    I hate corruption.

  5. Brazil has Ederson and Allison who are basically the 1st or 2nd choice alternatively & we despite having a strong range of GKs at our disposal, let’s stick with Armani as the 2nd Goalkie.
    It seems we never learnt from our mistakes. Even Rossi will do good than grandpa Armani.

    Please Scaloni I’ve high expectations from this Argentine squad, please don’t make blunder with the selection.

    • True, sometimes we really don’t understand Arg coach selection; is it on tactical, political or something beyond that. Boca and River have the players represent in the N/T; should give a better player a chance to perform. I don’t mind if Sergio Romero would replaced Armani

  6. I am expecting Matias Soule rather than Alexis Mc Allister to start,

    The team is not in solid formation as many players are suspended and injured. Luckily Arg have qualified, so the tension is not high except to maintain the FIFA ranking and prolong record of not losing.

    Better start with Palacios with Messi, Nico and Alvarez in front. Unfortunate Di Maria is injured, hopefully Scaloni will be giving a chance to 1-2 youngsters a minute to play.

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