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Projected Argentina Starting XI Versus Paraguay in the 2026 World Cup Qualification Match


The Argentine national soccer team is gearing up for a crucial match in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying rounds. They are set to compete against the Paraguayan national team in the third round of qualifiers on the upcoming Friday, which is the 13th of October 2023. The match is scheduled for 3:00 AM local time in Abu Dhabi, 2:00 AM in Cairo and Saudi Arabia, and 12:00 AM in Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria.

Lionel Messi, the Argentine superstar, was listed as the top player by their coach, Lionel Scaloni. However, Messi may not start in the match due to a recent muscle injury he's been dealing with while playing for his club, Inter Miami in the United States. As a result, the anticipated lineup for the Argentine team is as follows:

  • Goalkeeper: Emiliano Martínez.
  • Defensive line: Otamendi, Tagliafico, Nahuel Molina, Romero.
  • Midfield: Mac Allister, De Paul, Enzo Fernández.
  • Forward line: Julián Álvarez, González, Gaich.

Argentina has accumulated 6 points after participating in two qualifying matches, while the Paraguay national team is currently in sixth place with just one point, following a draw and a loss in their previous matches.