Here is Argentina’s lineup for this evening’s friendly against the USA, as announced on Friday:
Argentina lineup (Projected 4-2-1-3) Andújar; Zanetti, Burdisso, Milito, Rojo; Banega, Mascherano, Cambiasso; Lavezzi, Messi, Di María.
That’s as intimidating an attack as any in international football, with Lavezzi likely the center forward, flanked on the wings by Lionel Messi and Ángel di María. Éver Banega should play as the most advanced of Argentina’s central midfield with Javier Mascherano and Esteban Cambiasso pairing as the holding midfielders.
The USA is strong on the wings with Dempsey and Donovan, but with the threat posed by Messi and di María it is anyone’s guess as to whether or not they’ll be able to stay consistently far forward enough to put much pressure on Argentina’s back line. If the USA shifts into a 4-3-2-1 or 4-5-1 type of shape in order to counteract Argentina’s advantage in quality up top this one could turn into something of a grinder.