Lionel Messi will start his fifth FIFA World Cup as Argentina aim to give the maestro the perfect send-off from the international scene. They will take on Saudi Arabia in their first game of the competition at the Lusail Stadium on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia topped their group ahead of Japan in the qualification round to be here at this stage. However, they will have to be at their absolute best if they have to topple Argentina.
Argentina, on the other hand, have been superb under Lionel Scaloni and are one of the form teams of the tournament. They are also pitted to go all the way and clinch the title.
Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Teams News
Lionel Messi will team up with Lautaro Martinez and Angel Di Maria up front. Joaquin Correa might not be fit enough for this match. There are also injury clouds over Exequiel Palacios and Lisandro Martinez, but they could well sneak into the playing XI.
For Saudi Arabia, Riyadh Sharahili might not feature in this match owing to a muscle injury. Defender Hassan Tambakti also missed Saturday’s practice with pain.
Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Predicted XI
Argentina Predicted Starting XI
Martinez, Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna, De Paul, Paredes, Mac Allister, L Messi (C), L. Martinez, Di Maria
Saudi Arabia Predicted Starting XI
Al-Owais; Al-Burayk, Al-Amri, Al-Bulahyi, Al-Shahrani; Kanno, Al-Malki; Al-Shehri, Al-Faraj, Al-Daswari; Al-Buraikan
Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Head-to-Head and Key Numbers
- Argentina have dominated Saudi Arabia – they have won two out of their four matches against them. Two other matches have ended in a draw.
- This is the first time, Argentina and Saudi Arabia are meeting at the FIFA World Cup.
- Argentina have made it to the 18th FIFA World Cup. This year, this is the 13th consecutive appearance.
- Argentina have not had the best runs in this competition – they have lost three of their last five matches at the FIFA World Cup.
Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Fantasy Football Team
Captain: Lionel Messi
Vice Captain: Angel Di Maria
Goalkeeper: Emiliano Martinez
Defenders: Molina, Al-Amri, Otamendi, Acuna
Midfielders: De Paul, Paredes, Kanno
Strikers: Messi, Al-Shehri, Di Maria
Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Match Details
Kick-off date: Tuesday, November 22
Kick-off time: 3.30 PM IST
Venue: Lusail Iconic Stadium
Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Live Streaming
Live Telecast: Sports18 SD/HD
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Argentina vs Saudi Arabia FIFA World Cup Match Prediction
Argentina are a side in roaring form. They come into this match on the back of a 36-match unbeaten streak and hence, are overwhelming favourites to brush aside Saudi Arabia.
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