UEFA CUP OF CHAMPIONS ITALY VS ARGENTINA PREVIEW
The winners of euro 2020 and winners of the Copa America will do battle at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night, with the winner being crowned the UEFA cup of champions champion.
The UEFA cup of champions will relaunch this week for the first time since 1993, with Italy taking on Argentina. Nearly 2 decades have passed since Argentina beat Denmark on penalties at the Estado Jose Maria Minella Stadium and Argentina will be hoping for a repeat of the transatlantic super cup when they meet Italy at Wembley.
FanTeam has created 2 exciting Finalissima contests for us to enjoy with a €2 and €15 buy-in respectively. The difference between the 2 is the prize pool with €500 up for grabs in the smaller event and €1,200 up for grabs in the bigger event.
Enter the UEFA cup of champions game lobby by CLICKING HERE to see the contests available for international football’s newest prize.
The great thing about FanTeam as a platform is I can play daily fantasy contests, player matchups and make my sportsbook bets all in the same place.
FanTeam UEFA cup of champions contests are played under the very unique pursuit mode, but what is pursuit mode?
Pursuit is a unique format in which players are essentially handicapped according to how good of a performance we would expect from them. Instead of being limited by a predefined budget users can pick players by bonus points as well as a captain who will score double bonus points and a vice-captain who will score 1.5 bonus points.
Bonus points are awarded at the start of a contest. Low expectation players will have a higher starting point whereas high expectation players will have a lower starting point. Pursuit allows the user to start the tournament in the lead, or choose to start behind the eight ball.
More details on pursuit mode can be found by CLICKING HERE or in the rules section inside the game lobby.
Safety Net is enabled for this contest meaning all non-starting players will be replaced at the beginning of their match. Note this is only if there is a player from the same club, in the same position with an equal or cheaper price.
Standard FanTeam scoring applies.
ITALY VS ARGENTINA HEAD-TO-HEAD
23 March 2018 – Argentina 2 – 0 Italy (Friendly)
14 August 2014 – Italy 1 – 2 Argentina (Friendly)
28 February 2001 – Italy 1 – 2 Argentina (Friendly)
3 July 1990 – Italy 1 – 1 Argentina (World Cup Semi-Final) Argentina won 5-4 on penalties
21 December 1989 – Italy 0 – 0 Argentina (Friendly)
ITALY VS ARGENTINA – TALE OF THE TAPE
Italy beat Austria, Belgium, and Spain in the knockout rounds of Euro 2020 before overcoming England on penalties in the final. Last year’s triumph was the second time in the Azzurri’s history as European champions, but they have now incredibly failed to reach the last 2 world cups after losing to North Macedonia in the playoffs back in March.
For Italy, this will be Giorgio Chiellini’s last match for the Azzurri as the inspirational defender hangs up his international boots. They will certainly be hoping to send him off in style. Domenico Berardi could make the difference on Wednesday, with the Sassuolo forward providing more assists than any other player in Serie A this season and having scored 15 goals. Italy brings a squad of experienced and young talent, with Roberto Mancini looking to build towards the future.
Argentina meanwhile, won the Copa America last summer having seen off bitter rivals Brazil 1-0 in the final courtesy of an Angel Di Maria goal. The win was La Albiceleste’s first win in the competition since 1993 and incredibly Lionel Messi’s first international trophy.
Lionel Scaloni’s men are unbeaten since July 2019 so will be in a confident mood going into this game Wednesday night. Lionel Messi has been somewhat of a disappointment in France this year for PSG, but that’s probably because of what we expect from him. He has still scored more goals than any other player across Europe’s top 5 leagues across the last 5 years, and he is a different player altogether when he puts the La Albiceleste shirt on.
There will be no extra time in this game and should it be level at 90 minutes we will go straight to a penalty shootout. I favor Argentina in this game slightly, but Italy’s defensive displays have to be recognized and respected.
FANTASY PLAYERS TO TARGET
ITALY – Gianluigi Donnarumma, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Emerson Palmieri, Leonardo Bonucci, Lorenzo Insigne, Domenico Berardi and Gianluca Scmacca.
ARGENTINA – Emiliano Martinez, Nahuel Molina, Nicolas Otamendi, Angel Di Maria, Nicolas Gonzalez, Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martinez.
As mentioned I do think Argentina win but I will respect how notoriously good Italy is at defending. With this in mind, I do like both goalkeepers in this game and the defensive assets for both teams. They will all start on plus points so are worth considering, if like me you fancy a clean sheet and a 1-0 win either way.
Both team’s midfielder assets and attacking options will all start on minus points so it’s well worth mixing and matching these across lineups. For Italy my favorite option is Domenico Berardi, I can not ignore what he has done in Serie A this season and he should provide an attacking threat for 90 minutes for the Azzurri. For Argentina, it’s easy Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest player of all time who can create magic at the click of a finger.
With this in mind and the way, I like to build pursuit teams this is my favorite Italy lineup for this contest.
With this in mind and the way, I like to build pursuit teams this is my favorite Argentina lineup for this contest.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Existing users can click the graphic below for access to the game lobby.
Best of luck to everyone entering – I look forward to seeing your usernames on the Leaderboard.