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

After escaping from their groups under dramatic circumstances, just three days later Argentina and opponents from the last 16 Australia meet at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium on Saturday.

both nations’ World Cup The adventures now continue in the round of 16, following the Albiceleste’s recovery from a shock opening loss to Saudi Arabia and the Socceroos’ defeat of Denmark in midweek.

match preview

Alexis Mac Allister of Argentina celebrates scoring his first goal with his teammates on November 30, 2022© Reuters

After overcoming a shaky start to their last World Cup campaign, a side from Argentina buoyed by a hard-fought victory over Mexico in their second Group C match secured a place in the round of 16 by beating a limited team from Poland. on Wednesday.

South American champions saw talisman Lionel Messi they squandered the chance to open the scoring after a controversial first-half penalty, but were ultimately rewarded for 90 minutes of dominance as they edged past their European opponents to the top of the group table.

After Alexis McAllister – who had been promoted to the starting lineup as one of the few changes made by the manager lionel scaloni – made the breakthrough just seconds after the break, a goal in the 67th minute of Julian Alvarez he helped the Albiceleste to record a second successive 2-0 victory.

As a result, for the 11th time in the last 12 finals, the two-time world champions advanced to the knockout stage and remain among many pundits’ favorites to lift the World Cup trophy later this month.

While the conditions will be the same for both his team and their upcoming opponents, Scaloni has lamented the fact that they will return to action after just over two days off, particularly after having followed such an emotionally draining route to the top of Group C. However, he knows he will not accept excuses in front of an expectant crowd in Argentina.

To combat fatigue concerns, the Copa América-winning coach can call on a number of talented players who emerged from the fringes of his squad, such as Mac Allister, Álvarez and those from Benfica. Enzo Fernandezthough of course Messi still bears much of the creative load.

Argentina’s irreplaceable playmaker is sure to be an integral part again as they try to set up a quarter-final with the Netherlands or the United States, but he’ll need plenty of help from the supporting cast who put on a 36-game unbeaten streak only finishing last. week.

Mathew Leckie of Australia celebrates a goal against Denmark at the World Cup on November 30, 2022© Reuters

Given the stature gap between the two nations in footballing terms, it’s no surprise that Australia have lost each of their last four meetings with Argentina, although the Socceroos did earn a 2-0 victory when two very different squads met in Tokyo on Saturday. last year. Olympic Games.

Even, graham arnoldThe men of ‘s are riding the crest of the wave before arriving at Al Rayyan for a date with destiny that sees them taking part in the knockout rounds of the World Cup for the first time since the legendary ‘golden generation’ of 2006.

The Socceroos defied expectations to finish second in Group D behind defending champions France, doing so solely on goal difference after winning two of their three matches: against Tunisia and then Euro 2022 semi-finalists Denmark.

Defeating the latter 1-0 at Al Janoub Stadium required both a tight rear-guard action led by harry souttar and porter mat ryanand a wonderful winning goal from matthew leckiewhich broke the tie in the 60th minute and ultimately sent them to the round of 16.

Realism is never far from a pragmatic Australian team, made up largely of players on the fringes of their European clubs, so for all the euphoria that sparked their historic victory, they will be very conscious of the step forward in the class that awaits you. on Saturday.

Already swept by a fluid French side, who came away with a 4-1 victory in the teams’ opening game, Arnold’s well-trained unit will be on the outside to defeat Argentina and reach the final eight for the first time in history. .

If they could somehow do it, the jubilant scenes of fans celebrating in the streets of Melbourne in the early hours of Thursday morning would surely be matched, even surpassed, in Sydney, Adelaide and beyond.

Argentina World Cup form:

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team news

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

Though he might hate to change a winning team, Lionel Scaloni might feel the need to tweak his starting lineup yet again, given a quick turnaround between games.

Lisandro Martinez therefore, he could be in contention for a place in central defence, while Lyon Nicolas Tagliafico intends to usurp Marcos Acuna on the left side.

After making an impressive impression as a substitute in Argentina’s first two matches in the finals, Enzo Fernández is ready to take on the challenge of Leandro Paredeswho has been relegated to the bench against Poland and Mexico.

Lautaro Martínez, meanwhile, was among a trove of attacking riches to start on the bench on Wednesday night, but Julián Álvarez’s goal may give him the upper hand in a battle to join stalwarts Ángel Di María and Lionel Messi in front.

Australia can also make a limited number of changes, as Nathaniel Atkinson Y fran karacic – who started the first and second game respectively – compete with milos degenekwho then took the reins at right back against Denmark.

craig goodwin endured a hard 45 minutes against the Danes and was replaced by keanu baco at half time, with the latter effortlessly slipping into the Australians’ engine room alongside Aaron Mooy. So Graham Arnold could make a brave call to include the relatively inexperienced midfielder from St Mirren on Saturday.

In the front, mitchell duke he is once again leading the line, having so far outgrown his modest status as a man playing second-tier club football in Japan.

Argentina possible starting lineup:
E. Martinez; Molina, Otamendi, Romero, Tagliafico; Mac Allister, Fernandez, DePaul; Alvarez, Messi, Di Maria

Australia’s possible starting line-up:
Ryan; Karacic, Souttar, Rowles, Behich; Mooy; Leckie, Irvine, McGree, Goodwin; Duke

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We say: Argentina 2-0 Australia

Having avoided facing the reigning champions by topping Pool C, Argentina will be determined to build on their recovered form and fluidity to reach the quarter-finals. While a plucky Australia team can keep them at bay during certain periods, if the Albiceleste prove their undoubted quality in the final third, there is bound to be only one winner.

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