Argentina team news: Predicted 4-4-2 vs Chile – Messi suspended, Dybala replaces Aguero | Football | Sport
The Barcelona superstar accused South America’s football governing body CONMEBOL of corruption which led to his one-match ban being extended.
Messi has only ever received one other red card in his career, picked up on his international debut as an 18-year-old against Hungary for a perceived elbow.
Messi’s absence means Scaloni licence to experiment with his team selection, and the former West Ham defender has left veterans Aguero and Angel Di Maria out of his latest squad.
Dybala is expected to lead the line with the Juventus ace partnering Lautaro Martinez, although Adolfo Gaich is another option.
Injury to Lucas Ocampos means Joaquin Correa could get his chance out wide, although his presence on the left wing would mean Rodrigo de Paul has to swap to the opposite flank.
Leandro Paredes is almost certain to start in central midfield, with the Paris Saint-Germain star joined by one of Giovani Lo Celso or Exequiel Palacios.
German Pezzella has been a regular in central defence but Leonardo Balerdi could be handed his debut alongside Nicolas Otamendi.
Meanwhile, Esteban Andrada will hope to get the nod over Franco Armani in goal, although Agustin Marchesin offers Scaloni a more experienced pair of hands.
Argentina predicted line-up vs Chile – International friendly
(4-4-2): Andrada; Montiel, Otamendi, Balerdi, Tagliafico; De Paul, Paredes, Palacios, Correa; Dybala, Martinez