Preview: Argentina vs. Mexico – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole reviews Saturday’s World Cup match between Argentina and Mexico, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

With them world Cup Already meditating on the line, Argentina The team seeks to overcome the disaster of the opening match on Saturday, as it faces its rivals in the third group Mexico.

While the Albiceleste kicked off their quest for a third world title with a loss to outside Saudi Arabia, their Central American counterparts escaped the scare by drawing with Poland on Tuesday.

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Since losing to Brazil in the 2019 Copa América, Argentina have embarked on a national record 36-game unbeaten run and, as South American champions, have made it into most pundits’ favorites for at least the quarter-finals.

However, all that momentum mattered little on the first day of their World Cup campaign, as Lionel ScaloniThe madridistas let loose within six minutes of the second half at Lusail.

drive through Lionel MessiThe opening match from a penalty kick, the Argentine national team seemed to be in control of things in the first half, after seeing three more “goals” canceled for offside. But two Saudi strikes shortly after the break turned the match on its head, and the underdogs held on in the third set to post a score that will resonate for the ages.

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Back in the summer of 1986, Argentina were already under pressure to deliver their first World Cup title in almost 40 years – particularly as Messi’s swansong was set to be on the game’s coolest stage.

So, Scaloni must quickly marshal his forces before they take on the nation that hosted their latest success at this level: a Mexican national team that is just one point above Argentina in the standings.

After beating El Tre in the first edition of the World Cup in 1930, the Argentines have recently eliminated their Latin rivals twice in the round of 16, and have also gone undefeated in the country’s last 10 meetings dating back to 2004.

This all plays in their favor if there was previous evidence, but now the world will watch with anticipation as they respond to their seismic shockwave against the Saudis.

Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa celebrates after saving a penalty kick from Poland's Robert Lewandowski in the photo on November 22, 2022© Reuters

One of several goalless encounters in the opening week of Qatar 2022, the 0-0 draw with Poland got off to a relatively flat start to Mexico’s tournament on Tuesday and, in some ways, gratefully greeted the team from a single point. Tata Martinomen in the end.

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After, after Hector Moreno considered broken Robert Lewandowski In the penalty area, the Polish striker failed to convert his golden opportunity from the penalty spot, as a veteran goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa He made a decisive save.

The result sets up a potentially pivotal showdown in terms of qualification from Group C this weekend, as El Tri aim to reach the knockout stage once again.

Now in their eighth consecutive World Cup appearance, the Mexicans have been eliminated in the Round of 16 in each of their last seven attempts, and former Argentina coach Martino is the man tasked with stemming the trend by defying expectations and winning. Quarterfinals.

The last time La Seleccion reached that point in the competition as host was in 1986, when Saturday’s opponents went on to lift the trophy thanks to Diego Maradona Masterclasses on Mexican soil.

Before this year’s team can dream of emulating such a feat, they may need to at least secure a second point in Losail, or their hopes of progression will be left hanging by a thread.

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Team news

A photo of Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni on November 22, 2022© Reuters

While Argentina superstar Lionel Messi trained away from the rest of his team-mates on Thursday, the 35-year-old playmaker is expected to play from the start this weekend, sparing Lionel Scaloni a serious selection headache.

The Albiceleste captain’s left leg is his main concern, but it seems unlikely that Papu Gomez will be asked to deputize on Saturday. Therefore, Messi must head an attacking trio that also appears Lautaro Martinez And the Angel Di Maria.

After he started off the bench in the loss to Saudi Arabia after a fitness issue, Lisandro Martinez It could come to either Christian Romero or Nicholas Otamendi As part of Scaloni’s quadruple defence. Gonzalo Montiel And the Alexis McAllister She is also in contention.

Meanwhile, attackers Angel Korea And the Paulo Dybala – the latter, who has just returned from injury – is among the many squad members hoping to play the first minutes of the finals.

Another striker has recently returned to fitness, the Mexican striker Raul Jimenez, will aim to be promoted to the starting lineup. The Wolverhampton Wanderers star made his first appearance in nearly three months in Al Tri’s final friendly, coming off the bench on Tuesday.

Tata Martineau may instead turn to Henry Martin again Hirving Lozano And the Alexis Vega Support from the wings.

Pachuca Luis Chavez – who played no part in the CONCACAF qualifiers but made his way into the squad during recent friendlies – should continue on the left side of the midfield trio in Martino’s 4-3-3 formation, while the Ajax defender Jorge Sanchez He starts at right back.

Possible starting lineup for Argentina:
E Martinez Montel, Romero, LE. Martinez, Tagliafico; de Paul, Paredes, McAllister; Messi, La Martinez, Di Maria

Mexico possible starting lineup:
Ochoa. Sanchez, Montes, Moreno, Gallardo; Alvarez, Herrera, Chavez; Lozano, Martin, Vega

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We say: Argentina 2-1 Mexico

The last time Argentina was defeated in their first World Cup match was in 1990, when Maradona eventually went on to lead his team to the final. Faced with both the expectations of a football-mad nation and a transitional Mexican team, Messi’s Albiceleste could now secure a vital first win of the 2022 edition – but it won’t prove straightforward action.

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