Bolivia vs. Argentina: Lineups

Alex Grimm

Alejandro Sabella has selected a bizarre lineup, featuring a three-man defense, specifically designed to counter Bolivia and their home-field advantage in La Paz.

Last time Argentina played Bolivia in La Paz in a World Cup qualifier, the Albiceleste were embarrassed to the tune of a 6-1 defeat. Though they eventually qualified for the World Cup, that defeat put their qualification in doubt and created a serious uphill climb towards a berth in South Africa. Alejandro Sabella, perhaps a bit too aware of the fact that a match in La Paz is a different prospect than anywhere else, has altered his lineup significantly.

The team that has done so well in qualifying for Argentina has been put aside for one that matches up specifically with Bolivia's counter-attacking 4-4-2 lineup. Rodrigo Palacio comes in up top, while the defense shifts to a back three. The fullbacks aren't exactly hyper-attacking, so it might look like more of a back five at times. Could Argentina actually be playing for a draw against Bolivia?

Bolivia lineup (4-4-2): Carlos Arias; Rony Giménez, Edward Centeno, Luis Gutiérrez, Marvin Bejarano; Alejandro Chumacero, Ronald García, Gualberto Mojica, Walter Veizaga; Carlos Saucedo, Marcelo Martins

Argentina lineup (3-4-2-1): Sergio Romero; Hugo Campagnaro, Sebastian Domínguez, Jose Maria Basanta; Gino Peruzzi, Javier Mascherano, Ever Banega, Clemente Rodriguez; Angel Di María, Lionel Messi; Rodrigo Palacio

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