It would be fair to say that Argentina’s attacking options are second to none. It’s likely to be their primary asset as they look to compete into the later stages of this World Cup and they proved how dangerous they could be in the last attempt, pushing all the way to the final, where they only missed out by the very finest of margins, conceding an extra-time goal at the hands of eventual winners Germany.
Argentina’s record for qualifying is solid, making it to fourteen of their last fifteen editions of the competition, with a failure to qualify in 1970 coming as the seldom exception.As with all sides in the CONMEBOL qualifying group, there’s always a fierce level of competition to push through that all-important place in the World Cup.
Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Chile are all equally as capable of dominating but Argentina fell short in the first few games, leading to the sacking of Edgardo Bauza, who was out of his depth at the helm. Luckily, successful former Chile and Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli came in to save the day, where he took a while getting Argentina to play to their strengths, but eventually got them to the World Cup, qualifying on the final day, with it all depending on just two points.
Although they had to battle in order to push through their place in the competition, Jorge Sampaoli is a proven leader in charge of Chile, where he impressively won the Copa America against all odds, and put on a very believable title fight in just one season at Sevilla.
It’s no surprise that Argentina are ranked as one of the favourites to lift the trophy, currently sat with the fifth lowest odds, most bookmakers offering odds of 15/2. Other areas of the squad are arguably thin but with the sort of strength they possess up front, it’s hard to imagine any side cancel out Argentina in this tournament.