Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

World Cup 2022 Argentina vs Mexico Prediction

This Messi-led Albiceleste can now secure a crucial opening victory for the 2022 edition, but it will not be an easy task given the expectations of a football-mad nation and a transitional Mexico team.

Kathmandu. Argentina vs Mexico – Argentina will play Group C rivals Mexico on Saturday in an effort to bounce back from their disastrous opening encounter. Their World Cup dreams are already on the line.

The Central American counterparts to the Albiceleste came through a scare to draw with Poland on Tuesday. At the same time, the Albiceleste began their pursuit of a third world championship by losing to rank outsiders Saudi Arabia.

Argentina has started a record-breaking 36-game unbeaten streak since losing to Brazil in the 2019 Copa America. As the defending South American champions, they entered the tournament as one of the favorites, at the very least, to make it to the final four.

All of that momentum, though, didn’t matter much on the opening day of their World Cup campaign, as Lionel Scaloni’s team allowed an early lead to slip away from them at Lusail Stadium over the course of six second-half minutes.

At halftime, the Albiceleste appeared to have the upper hand after taking the lead on Lionel Messi’s opening penalty kick after having three previous ‘goals’ disallowed for offside. However, two Saudi Arabian goals soon after the half completely changed the game, and the underdogs of Group C persevered to secure a triumph that will live on forever.

The last time Argentina won a major championship was in the summer of 1986, so there was already pressure on them to win the World Cup, which would be Messi’s final appearance on the biggest stage in sports.

Scaloni must quickly gather his team before taking on a Mexico team that is one point ahead of Argentina in the standings and the country that hosted their last success at this level.

The Argentinians have recently eliminated their Latin opponents twice in the round of 16, and they are still unbeaten in the past 10 games between the nations going back to 2004. They overcame El Tri in the World Cup’s inaugural edition in 1930.

All of which, if history is any indication, works in their favour, but the world will now be watching eagerly to see how they react to their seismic shock against the Saudis.

Mexico’s tournament got off to a relatively calm start on Tuesday with a 0-0 tie with Poland, one of numerous scoreless draws in the opening week of Qatar 2022. In some ways, Tata Martino’s team was grateful for the solitary point they earned in the end.

Robert Lewandowski was denied a goal from the penalty spot after Hector Moreno was adjudged to have fouled him in the box, thanks to a key stop by veteran goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

That outcome sets up a potentially crucial matchup in terms of Group C qualification this weekend, as El Tri seek to advance to the knockout stage once more.

The Mexicans, who are competing in their eighth straight World Cup, have lost in the last 16 in each of their previous seven appearances. Former Argentine coach Martino is charged with changing that trend by defying expectations and reaching the quarterfinals.

In 1986, when Saturday’s opponents went on to win the trophy courtesy to a Diego Maradona masterclass on Mexican soil, La Seleccion last reached that stage of the competition as the hosts.

The team from this year may need to at least earn a second point in Lusail before they can hope to replicate such a feat, otherwise their chances of moving on will be hanging by a thread.

Lionel Messi, the star of Argentina, practised apart from the rest of his team on Thursday, but the 35-year-old playmaker is anticipated to start this weekend, saving Lionel Scaloni a significant selection dilemma.

Although the left leg of the Albiceleste captain is his primary area of concern, it appears doubtful that Papu Gomez will be asked to fill in on Saturday. Messi should therefore be the focal point of an offensive trident that also includes Lautaro Martinez and Angel Di Maria.

As part of Scaloni’s back four, Lisandro Martinez could replace either Cristian Romero or Nicolas Otamendi after starting on the bench in the defeat to Saudi Arabia due to a fitness issue. Additionally competing are Alexis Mac Allister, Enzo Fernandez, and Gonzalo Montiel.

Angel Correa and Paulo Dybala, two attackers who have recently returned from injuries, are among the team players looking to play their first minutes of the championship match.

Raul Jimenez, a Mexican striker who has lately regained fitness, will try to get into the starting lineup. In El Tri’s final friendly, the Wolverhampton Wanderers star came off the bench for the first time in nearly three months.

Tata Martino might instead revert to Henry Martin, with flanking support from Alexis Vega and Hirving Lozano.

In Martino’s 4-3-3 system, Pachuca’s Luis Chavez, who didn’t participate in the CONCACAF qualifiers but gained a spot on the team during recent friendlies, might continue on the left side of a midfield trio, though the incredibly experienced Andres Guardado might take his position.

The possible starting lineup for Argentina includes E. Martinez, Montiel, Romero, Li. Martinez, Tagliafico, De Paul, Paredes, and Fernandez, as well as Messi, La. Martinez, and Di Maria.

We Predict Mexico 1-2 Argentina.
Argentina last lost in their opening World Cup game in 1990; Maradona eventually led his team to the championship game. This Messi-led Albiceleste can now secure a crucial opening victory for the 2022 edition, but it will not be an easy task given the expectations of a football-mad nation and a transitional Mexico team.

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