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Where to watch Argentina vs El Salvador live stream, TV channel, lineups, prediction for friendly match


Argentina continue their warm up for the 2024 Copa America with a friendly against El Salvador on March 22 in the USA.

Lionel Scaloni’s team play two matches in the United States this month with a second friendly up against Costa Rica in Los Angeles on March 26.

The defending world and Copa America champions are expected to bring in huge crowds at both games despite the absence of their injured talismanic captain Lionel Messi.

The Sporting News looks at the key details ahead of this game, including how to watch it across the world, kickoff times and the latest lineup news.

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What time does Argentina vs El Salvador kick off?

This international friendly match takes place at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, USA and kicks off on Friday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:

  Date Kickoff time
USA Fri, Mar. 22 8:00 p.m. ET
Canada Fri, Mar. 22 8:00 p.m. ET
UK Sat, Mar. 23 12:00 a.m. GMT
Australia Sat, Mar. 23 11:00 a.m. AEDT
India Sat, Mar. 23 5:30 a.m. IST

Argentina vs El Salvador live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch this international friendly match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

Region TV Streaming
USA TUDN USA, Fox Deportes Fubo, TUDN app/website
Canada

UK
Australia
India


USA: This game is available on TUDN USA with streaming on Fubo.

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Is Lionel Messi playing vs El Salvador?

The short answer is no. Messi was initially called up by Scaloni with the Argentina coach confirming he would speak to Inter Miami over Messi’s hamstring injury. 

Speculation has continued that he could still join up with the squad, despite Tata Martino wanting him to rest for the return of the CONCACAF Champions Cup in April, and an agreement is likely to keep him out of action to remain fit in the long term for club and country in 2024.

Argentina vs El Salvador lineups, team news

Despite Messi’s absence, Argentina still have the majority of their big guns available for these matches, including Premier League stars Alexis Mac Allister, Enzo Fernandez and Julian Alvarez.

Argentina predicted XI (4-2-3-1, right to left): Martinez (GK) — Molina, Otamendi, Romero, Barco — Fernandez, De Paul — Di Maria, Mac Allister, Alvarez — Martinez.

Argentina subs (9): TBC

El Salvador’s squad is primarily made of players from their domestic league mixed with some MLS based names including goalkeeper Tomas Romero.

El Salvador predicted XI (5-3-2 right to left): Romero (GK) — Clavel, Climaco, Sibrian, Cruz, Gil — Martinez, Moreno, Cartagena — Bonilla, Ordaz.

El Salvador subs (9): TBC

Argentina vs El Salvador prediction

Even without Messi, Argentina will be confident of easing to victory in this game, and against Costa Rica in California next week. 

Scaloni will look to rotate his team in both matches, with club managers aiming for an injury free window, and they have lost one game in 10 since the start of 2023.

Prediction: Argentina 2-0 El Salvador

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