Spain and Argentina will meet on Wednesday at the men’s Olympic football tournament. The two nations need positive results on Wednesday to have hope of going through to the quarterfinals of the competition. Spain started off the tournament slowly with a nil-nil draw against Egypt. They followed it up with a 1-0 victory over Australia thanks to a Mikel Oyarzabal second half goal.

Spain U23 vs Argentina U23 Match Preview

Argentina have taken three points from six possible. Fernando Batista’s team were defeated in a shock result versus Australia to start the tournament. Argentina claimed a 2-0 win with goals on both sides of halftime. Batista’s team rebounded on matchday 2 of Group C. Facundo Medina’s second half goal versus Egypt gave Argentina the victory.

Each team in Group C can qualify for the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, each of those teams can be eliminated at the end of the group stage. A win or draw for Spain will lead to progression to the quarterfinals. Argentina need a win or draw along with an Australia loss to Egypt to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Men’s Olympic football tournament Group C has been a low-scoring group. Just four goals have been tallied over the course of four games. Both Spain and Argentina have struggled to score goals. The sides have scored just once across 180 minutes of football respectively. Wednesday game could be a low-scoring affair in Saitama.

Spain U23 vs Argentina U23 Betting Odds

 

 

The Tokyo Summer Games are Spain's second appearance at the Olympics since appearing at the games in 2000. Their most recent appearance at the Summer Games was in 2012 at the London games. Spain previously won gold at the 1992 Olympics held in Barcelona. Avoiding defeat against Argentina would send Spain through to the quarterfinals.

 

Spain are favourites to claim a win at the end of full-time against Argentina. Leading sportsbooks’ best betting odds for Spain to win the match are 37/40. Spain have been strong defensively and haven’t conceded a goal over the course of 180 minutes of football.

Argentina have struggled to cut out clear goalscoring opportunities at the Summer Games. Against Egypt, they scored with their only shot on target. Leading sportsbooks’ best betting odds for the Argentines to win on Wednesday are 16/5.

With Group C being so low scoring and both teams already claiming a draw at the Summer Games, leading sportsbooks best betting odds for the teams to finish in a stalemate are 5/2. Two of Spain under-23’s three games in 2021 have finished in draws. All Spain need to do to qualify for the quarterfinals is a draw at the end of full-time.

Spain U23 vs Argentina U23 Team News

Spain coach Luis de la Fuente has no injury or suspension issues ahead of Wednesday's match. Many of Spain’s players are playing their second international tournament of the summer. Images of Barcelona player Pedri emerged on social media with the midfielder looking incredibly tired. Pedri played over 60 matches for Barcelona during the club season. He then played in each of Spain’s international matches at the Euros.

Along with Pedri, RB Leipzig’s Dani Olmo, Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal, Villarreal’s Pau Torres, and former Manchester City defender Eric Garcia are all with the Olympic team and each player started Spain's matchday 2 game versus Egypt.

Argentina's Francisco Ortega served a one-match suspension against Egypt. Ortega was sent off on matchday 1 versus Australia. Despite returning, Portland Timbers player Claudio Bravo could play in defence.

Manager Fernando Batista set out the team in an attacking formation versus Egypt. Expect Batista to play the same starting XI versus Spain that played against Egypt. Argentina need to win and hope Australia lose or draw versus Egypt. It is a lot to ask for going into matchday 3.

Spain U23 vs Argentina U23 H2H

There is no recent data between Spain’s under-23 Olympic team and Argentina’s under-23 Olympic team. Therefore, our betting tips experts are going off of the teams’ performance at the Summer Games. Spain have been underwhelming in attack but excellent in defence. Thanks to a strong team of players competing at top clubs in La Liga, Spain certainly have the advantage going into the match.

Argentina are behind the eight-ball. They are chasing both Spain and Australia in the standings of Group C. A draw is unlikely to be enough to qualify for the quarterfinals while a loss would send them crashing out of the Olympic football tournament.

Spain U23 vs Argentina U23 Prediction

Both teams to score: NO @ 21/20 - BET NOW

 

 

Based on the teams’ lack of scoring at the Summer Games, our betting tips experts believe Wednesday’s game will finish with a low total of goals. Spain have kept back-to-back clean sheets. Therefore, we could see them keep Argentina out of the back of the net on the day.

 

Bryan Gil to score anytime

Bryan Gil sealed a monster transfer to Tottenham Hotspur this week. The forward was sold by Sevilla to Spurs for a large price tag and Erik Lamela going the opposite way. Fans of Sevilla were not happy with the transfer, but Spurs are ecstatic as Gil adds another dimension to the team’s attack. Gil hasn’t scored in three appearances for the under-23 team. Could he get a goal this time around with his future settled?

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Just four goals have been scored across four games in Group C. Matchday 3 in the group is likely to feature two more low-scoring games according to our prediction. Our betting tips experts believe Spain will keep another clean sheet and shutout Argentina. While Argentina have the ability to play strong defence, Spain’s quality attackers should rise to the occasion on the day to send the La Roja under-23 team to victory.