Argentina will be eager to get on the field as they take on Spain for their first game of the FIH Pro League 2020 at the Cenard, Buenos Aires. However, this will be the fifth match for the Spanish outfit who are yet to register a win in the ongoing campaign. Spain currently sits at the seventh spot in terms of the points table and will be desperate for nothing less but a win.
Date- Saturday, February 8
Kick-Off- 5:00 AM (IST)
Venue- Cenard, Buenos Aires
Pedro Ibarra will be captaining the 18-man squad. Augustin Mazzilli and Lucas Vila will be in contention to lead the forward line, while, Lucas Martinez could be coming off the bench in the latter stages. Augustin Bugallo will be the likely to feature in the heart of midfield. Martin Ferriro and Pedro Ibarra could partner along in defence for their side.
P Ibarra (c), J Vivaldi, S Tarazona, N Keenan, M Casella, L Vila, J Tolini, T Domene, I Oritz, J Lopez, T Santiago, M Rey, L Martinez, N Cicileo, A Mazzilli, F Fernandez, A Bugallo, M Ferreiro
J Romeu has been one of the top players so far and should once again be starting in at defence. Pau Quemada and A Iglesias could be leading the attack. The captain, jJ Romeu and Miguel Dalas will also be on guard of goal at the backline. D Alegre is one of the certainties to start in at midfield.
Miguel Delas (c), Marc Recasens, Pau Quemada, Josep Cunill, Josep Romeu, Joan Tarres, Xavi Lleonart, Quico Cortes, Marc Salles, David Alegre, Llorenc Piera, Marc Miralles, Alejandro de Frutos, Mario Garin, Marc Bolto, Alvaro Iglesias, Roc Oliva, Ricardo Sanchez.
A Mazzilli will have a big role to play as he has 41 goals from 143 games for Argentina.
Pau Quemada is one of the key players for Spain as he’s bagged 89 goals from 133 games for his side.
Lucas Vila has been one of the standouts for Argentina as he’s netter 79 goals from 150 games so far.
Alvaro Iglesias has featured in 127 games and has scored 33 goals for the Spanish outfit.
From 11 previous encounters, it’s Argentina who has had the bigger say with seven wins in contrast to Spain’s three. One game has ended on level terms during the process.
GK: J Vivaldi
DEF: J Romeu, M Delas, P Ibarra, M Ferreiro
MID: D Alegre, R Oliva, A Bugallo
FWD: P Quemada, A Mazzilli (VC), L Vila (C)
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