The Copa American champions Argentina were stunned by Saudi Arabia in their opening group clash in FIFA World Cup 2022 clash on Tuesday. Lionel Messi and Co. were defeated 2-1 by motivated Saudi Arabia to send shockwaves among the football fans.
Argentina will be going up against a tricky Mexico side on Saturday in a must-win situation at the stadium Lusail Stadium, Qatar. Lionel Messi may only have one more chance to win the prized trophy, therefore he will be motivated to perform well on Saturday. A loss here will end all Argentine hopes to qualify for the knockout stages.
Despite all the hype about Argentina, the match on Saturday is far from a foregone conclusion. Mexico have established themselves as a very well-organized team and can give Argentina a run for its money.
Argentina Team News
Argentina are expected to be the match's dominant team as they have a number of world-class stars on their roster. But they need to find a way to get back to winning ways. Their midfield was nonexistent against Saudi and defenders made far too many mistakes for their coach's liking. Prior to Saturday's match, Lionel Scaloni will need to make a number of choices and will be looking to tinker with their line-up. The coach has experimented with a 4-2-3-1 formation in the past and he might be tempted to do the same again.
Mexico Team News
Ral Jiménez's fitness and form continue to worry Gerardo Martino, who may decide to start Hirving Lozano as a false nine against Argentina. Rogelio Funes Mori might potentially be used up front, however, he will probably start the game on the bench. Captain and Real Betis midfielder Andres Guardado (35), as well as goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa (36), will be eager to create an impression on the big stage and send Argentina home.
Argentina vs Mexico Prediction
The World Cup is one of the rare trophies missing in Lionel Messi's career. Surely he will be motivated and along with that the squad will be surely playing for him to fulfill his dream. On the other hand. Mexico players will be looking to create one more upset. But, keeping the firepower in mind – this Argentine squad will brush off their latest defeat and will get all three points against Mexico.
A 3-1 win for Argentina, with Lionel Messi scoring is our prediction. For other FIFA World Cup odds, simply create an account at 1XBet.