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

with his World Cup hopes already on the line, Argentina look to overcome the calamity of their opener on Saturday, as they take on Group C rivals Mexico.

While the Albiceleste kicked off their quest for a third world crown by losing to Saudi Arabia, their Central American counterparts survived a scare to draw with Poland on Tuesday.

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Lionel Messi of Argentina pictured on November 22, 2022© Reuters

Since losing to Brazil in the 2019 Copa América, Argentina had embarked on a 36-game unbeaten streak, a national record, and as reigning South American champions, they came at least among most pundits’ favorites for the final four.

However, all that momentum counted for little on the first day of their World Cup campaign, as lionel scaloniThe team blew an early lead through six minutes of the second half at Lusail Stadium.

leading through Lionel MessiIn the first goal from the penalty spot, the Albiceleste seemed to have control at half-time, seeing another three ‘goals’ disallowed for offside. However, two Saudi Arabian goals shortly after half-time turned the game around and the Group C underdogs held on to record a result that will resonate for centuries.

With the last of their world triumphs in the summer of 1986, Argentina was already under pressure to deliver a first World Cup trophy in nearly 40 years, particularly in what will be Messi’s swan song on the world’s grandest stage. play.

Therefore, Scaloni must quickly rally his troops before taking on the nation that hosted his last success at this level: a team from Mexico that sits one point above Argentina in the standings.

After beating El Tri in the first edition of the World Cup in 1930, the Argentines most recently eliminated their Latino rivals twice in the last 16, and they also remain unbeaten in the countries’ last 10 meetings since 2004.

All of which plays in their favor if precedent is any guide, but the world will now be watching in anticipation as they respond to their seismic impact against the Saudis.

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

One of several goalless draws in the opening week of Qatar 2022, a 0-0 draw with Poland got Mexico’s tournament off to a relatively stable start on Tuesday and, in some respects, a single point was gratefully received by tata martino‘s men at the end.

After Hector Moreno was considered to have felled Robert Lewandowski in the area, the Polish striker failed to convert his golden opportunity from the penalty spot, as a veteran goalkeeper guillermo ochoa he made a crucial save.

That result sets up a potentially pivotal encounter in terms of Group C qualification 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 knocked out in the round of 16 in each of their last seven attempts, and former Argentine coach Martino is the man charged with bucking that trend by defying expectations and making the quarterfinals.

The National Team last reached that point in the competition as hosts in 1986, when Saturday’s opponents lifted the trophy thanks to a Diego Maradona masterclass on mexican soil.

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

Argentina World Cup form:

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Form of Mexico (all competitions):

team news

Argentina's head coach Lionel Scaloni pictured on November 22, 2022© Reuters

While Argentina’s talisman Lionel Messi trained away from the rest of his teammates on Thursday, the 35-year-old midfielder is expected to play from the start this weekend, thus sparing Lionel Scaloni a serious headache with the selection.

The Albiceleste captain’s left leg is his main concern, but Papu Gómez seems unlikely to be a substitute on Saturday. Therefore, Messi should lead an offensive trident also starring Lautaro Martinez Y angel di maria.

Having started on the bench in the loss to Saudi Arabia following a physical problem, Lisandro Martinez I could go in for anyone Christian Romero either Nicholas Otamendi as part of Scaloni’s back four. Gonzalo Montiel Y Alexis McAllister are also in dispute.

meanwhile go ahead Angel Correa Y paulo dybala – the latter having just returned from injury – are among several team members hoping to play their first few minutes of the final.

Another striker who recently recovered, the Mexican Raul Jimenez, will seek promotion to the starting eleven. The Wolverhampton Wanderers star made his first appearance in nearly three months in El Tri’s latest friendly and appeared from the bench on Tuesday.

However, Tata Martino can turn to Henry Martin again, with Hirving Lozano Y Alexis Vega offering support from the flanks.

pachuca Luis Chavez – who did not feature in CONCACAF qualifying but worked his way into the team during recent friendlies – should continue on the left side of a midfield trio in Martino’s 4-3-3 formation, while the Ajax defender Jorge Sanchez He starts as a right back.

Argentina possible starting lineup:
E. Martinez; Montiel, Romero, Li. Martinez, Tagliafico; DePaul, Paredes, MacAllister; Messi, The. Martinez, Di Maria

Possible starting lineup for Mexico:
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 beaten in their first World Cup game was in 1990, when Maradona finally led his team to the final. Faced with both the expectation of a soccer-mad nation and a transition team from Mexico, this Messi-led Albiceleste can now claim a vital first win of the 2022 edition, but it won’t be a simple procedure.

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