Argentina vs. Slovenia: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Argentina vs. Slovenia: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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Argentina will continue their preparations for the 2014 World Cup with a friendly against Slovenia on Saturday, in La Plata.

La Albiceleste easily dispatched of Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday, winning 3-0, and have scheduled another relatively weak opponent in Slovenia, who are winless since November of last year.

But despite the easy win, the match against the Soca Warriors left plenty of room for improvement for the Argentinians, who will be travelling to Brazil as one of the favourites to hoist the trophy at the end of the tournament.

 

Date: Saturday, June 7

Time: 7.45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET

Venue: Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata

TV info and live stream: The match will be broadcast by beIN Sports USA, with mobile coverage available via the beIN Sports Play app (subscription required).

 

Alejandro Sabella will have enjoyed watching how his team dominated proceedings against Trinidad and Tobago, but the Argentines missed a number of clear-cut chances to put their opponents away earlier on Wednesday.

The Soca Warriors are no football powerhouse, and La Albiceleste can't afford to be equally wasteful with their chances against the likes of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nigeria and Iran.

Angel di Maria and Lionel Messi in particular seemed to struggle with their finishing on Wednesday, often choosing to shoot on goal when better options were available in the passing game.

Both players enjoyed excellent 2013-14 campaigns in La Liga and are established world-class players, so one has to assume their lesser performances against Trinidad and Tobago were a fluke.

Slovenia ran into a Uruguay squad already in World Cup form on Wednesday, losing 2-0. Srecko Katanec's squad is more talented than the casual observer would give them credit for, as evidenced by their participation in the 2010 World Cup, eliminating Russia during the qualifying process.

Stopper Samir Handanovic is undoubtedly the biggest name, and while his 2013-14 season with Internazionale didn't go as planned, the veteran is still capable of absolutely stonewalling opposing attackers on his day.

Slovenia don't boast a world-class offensive unit, but their attackers are undoubtedly a step above those of the Soca Warriors, who often troubled Argentina's defence on Wednesday.

Via ESPN FC's Sam Kelly, that defence could be without Manchester City's Martin Demichelis:

Argentina's biggest strengths are in their deep group of attackers and a midfield that can shield the back line by simply not letting the opponent have the ball, but against world-class competition, that might not cut it.

A strong performance against Slovenia could give the back four some much-needed confidence ahead of the World Cup, where Argentina have the good fortune of not meeting any of the so-called "dark horses" until the knockout stages.

Slovenia also offers Argentina a chance for some added mental fortitude, as shared by this fan:

La Albiceleste shouldn't be troubled by their opponents on Saturday, but manager Sabella will keep a keen eye on how his defensive unit holds up against slightly better competition.

Should they struggle, it will be a real concern as the team heads for Brazil, where Edin Dzeko and Co. would like nothing more than to take advantage of any defensive weaknesses.

 

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