Argentina vs Mexico: 2022 World Cup, Group Stage Match Preview and Dream11 Predictions

Argentina vs Mexico on Saturday night as Argentina is still smarting from one of the World Cup's great shocks.

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Argentina vs Mexico on Saturday night as Argentina is still smarting from one of the World Cup's great shocks.

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Match Details:

  • Location: Al Daayen, Qatar
  • Stadium: Lusail Stadium
  • Date: Saturday 26 November
  • Kick-off Time: 9:30 PM IST
  • Watch: Sports 18/HD, Jio Cinema App

Argentina vs Mexico: Match Preview:

"We're dead," Lionel Messi said in the wake of Argentina's 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia. Lionel Scaloni only has four days to revive his squad for a match which has ballooned in importance.

For Mexico's manager, Gerardo Martino, the significance of this tie was guaranteed regardless of the opening results. The Rosario-born boss led Argentina to a pair of Copa America finals, losing both on penalties to Chile before resigning in 2016.

The second round of fixtures in World Cup Group C pits Argentina and Mexico against each other, a fixture that holds plenty of history. 

First meeting all the way back in 1930 at the inaugural World Cup, a fixture in which Argentina won 6-3, these two sides have met 31 times overall with Mexico tasting victory on just four of those occasions. 

As such, Argentina will enter here as odds-on pick even if their 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in their opening fixture sent shockwaves around the world. 

Team News:

Argentina:

While their reputations were certainly dented, Argentina appeared to emerge from the humbling loss to Saudi without any fresh injury concerns.

Paulo Dybala was one of several attacking options which Scaloni overlooked on Tuesday, leaving Lautaro Martinez, Angel Di Maria and Messi on for the full 90 minutes.

Mexico:

Martino plumped for Henry Martin ahead of Raul Jimenez against Poland, introducing the Wolverhampton Wanderers striker for the final 20 minutes.

Eased back to fitness following his injury-riddled start to the campaign, Jimenez could be in line for his first competitive start since August.

Argentina vs Mexico: Head to Head:

Argentina have a good record against Mexico and have won 16 out of the 35 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Mexico's five victories.

Argentina are unbeaten in their last 10 matches against Mexico in all competitions, with their previous defeat coming by a 1-0 scoreline in the Copa America in 2004.

Argentina were on a run of 13 consecutive victories against non-European countries in the World Cup before their defeat against Saudi Arabia this week.

Predicted Line-ups:

Argentina Starting 11 (4-3-3): E Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; De Paul, Paredes; Di Maria, Messi, Alvarez; La Martinez.

Bench: Armani, Rulli, Foyth, Tagliafico, Montiel, Pezzella, Li Martinez, Palacios, Gomez, Rodriguez, Fernandez, Mac Allister, Gonzalez, Correa, Dybala.

Mexico Starting 11 (4-3-3): Ochoa; Sanchez, Montes, Moreno, Gallardo; Chavez, E Alvarez, Herrera; Lozano, Jimenez, Vega.

Bench: Talavera, Cota, Araujo, Vasquez, Arteaga, G Alvarez, Romo, Rodriguez, Gutierrez, Pineda, Guardado, Antuna, Alvarado, Martin, Funes Mori.

ARG vs MEX: Dream11 Predictions:

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