2022 World Cup Preview: Argentina vs Mexico

Argentina are in danger of a shock early exit as they take on Mexico after they lost their opener against Saudi Arabia.

The South American champions must win on Saturday at the Lusail Stadium against Mexico, following the 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia last Tuesday.

The Copa America holders took the lead through a Lionel Messi penalty but got three more goals ruled out due to offside. To the surprise of virtually everyone, the Arabians took over the second half with aggressiveness by scoring two quick goals to end Argentina’s 36-match unbeaten run.

Guillermo Ochoa was Mexico’s hero when they played Poland as the veteran goalkeeper saved Robert Lewandowski’s penalty to secure a point for La Tri.

FORM GUIDE (LAST FIVE MATCHES)

Prior to Argentina’s defeat to Saudi Arabia, they hadn’t lost in over three years. They now have four wins in their last five games and the two goals conceded against Saudi Arabia are the only ones they have allowed in that period. Mexico have lost to Sweden and Columbia in their last five games while winning twice.

 ARGENTINA’S FORM

22 November 2022           Argentina       1-2   Saudi Arabia           2022 World Cup Group C

16 November 2022           UAE               0–5         Argentina           Friendly

27 September 2022         Jamaica          0–3         Argentina           Friendly

23 September 2022         Argentina        3–0         Honduras          Friendly

5 June 2022                    Argentina        5–0         Estonia               Friendly

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MEXICO’S FORM

22 November 2022        Mexico               0-0          Poland           2022 World Cup Group C

16 November 2022          Mexico            1–2      Sweden              Friendly

9 November 2022            Mexico            4–0         Iraq                Friendly

27 September 2022         Mexico            2–3         Colombia         Friendly

24 September 2022         Mexico            1–0         Peru                Friendly

 

HEAD TO HEAD

The have met seven times in Copa America and FIFA competitions. Argentina have won four and lost one with three draws. This would be their third meeting at the World Cup with Argentina winning the previous two in 2006 and 2010.

20 Jun 1993          Argentina            1-1       Mexico        Copa America

04 Jul 1993           Argentina            2-1       Mexico        Copa America

10 Jul 2004           Argentina            0-1       Mexico        Copa America

26 Jun 2005          Mexico                1-1        Argentina   FIFA Confederations Cup

24 Jun 2006          Argentina            2-1       Mexico        FIFA World Cup

11 Jul 2007           Argentina           3-0        Mexico        Copa America

27 Jun 2010          Argentina           3-1        Mexico        FIFA World Cup

 

 

TEAM NEWS

ARGENGTINA

Argentina have a fully fit team to battle Mexico. Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez and Di Maria are all expected to start as the Copa America champions chase their first win.

PREDICTED LINE UP

(4-3-3): E. Martinez; Montiel, Romero, Li. Martinez, Tagliafico; De Paul, Paredes, Mac Allister; Messi, La. Martinez, Di Maria

 

MEXICO

Mexico similarly have a full squad to select from ahead of the encounter. Raul Jiménez may start from the bench once again after not making the expected impact in the previous game.

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PREDICTED LINE UP

(4-3-3): Ochoa; Sanchez, Montes, Moreno, Gallardo; Alvarez, Herrera, Chavez; Lozano, Martin, Vega