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Argentina vs Mexico World Cup lineup, Group C match at Qatar 2022

Argentina vs Mexico World Cup: If Argentina is to live up to the pre-tournament hype that heralded them as potential World Cup winners, they will surely have to beat Mexico. Lionel Scaloni’s side found themselves on the wrong end of one of the biggest upsets of the tournament in their opener, losing 2-1 to Saudi Arabia.

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And just three points will do in their second outing if they are to put an end to early doubts about their hopes of lifting the trophy.

Below are the predicted line-ups for both teams ahead of the clash at Lucille Stadium.

Argentina vs Mexico Lineup

As they look to get their World Cup campaign back on track, Argentina has made a significant fitness boost to their talisman.

Despite early concerns over a leg injury, Messi is fully fit and will be available to start against Mexico.

But the good news on the physical front should be backed up by an immediate mental recovery, of which coach Scaloni said: “When you’re knocked out you have to get up, and my players have the ability to do that. There are more.

“We won’t change the way we play because of the loss to Saudi Arabia. I might make one or two changes in the selection but not in our system, that’s out of the question.

“This group will leave everything on the field to recover from this heavy blow.”

Argentina is predicted to start at 11.

(4-3-3, right to left): 23. E. Martinez (GK) — 4. Montiel, 25. L. Martinez, 19. Otamendi, 3. Tagliafico — 7. De Paul, 5. Paredes, 24. Fernandez — 10. Macy, 22. L. Martinez, 11. De Maria

Injuries: None.
Suspended: None.
Cristian Romero’s recent fitness struggles mean he is likely to withdraw, with Manchester United’s Lisandro Martinez the likely candidate to replace him.

Enzo Fernandez could also make his first start of the tournament, with Papo Gomez ruled out.

Mexico is predicted to start on the 11th.

(4-3-3, right to left): 13. Ochoa (GK) — 19. Sanchez, 15. Moreno, 3. Montes, 23. Gallardo — 18. Guardo, 16. Herrera, 24. Chavez — 22. Lozano , 9. Jimenez, 10. Vega

Injuries: None.
Suspended: None.
Gerardo Martino’s big call has come down to whether to bring fit-again striker Raul Jimenez back in for Henry Martin.

Adding the big-game experience of Andres Guardiola in central midfield could also prove attractive to the Mexico coach.

Argentina vs Mexico World Cup Squads

Here are the 26 names in each team’s squad list for the World Cup in Qatar:

Argentina

PositionNo.PlayerClubAgeCaps
GK1Franco ArmaniRiver Plate (ARG)3618
GK23Emiliano MartinezAston Villa (ENG)3019
GK12Geronimo RulliVillarreal (SPA)304
DEF8Marcos AcunaSevilla (SPA)3043
DEF2Juan FoythVillarreal (SPA)2416
DEF25Lisandro MartinezMan United (ENG)2410
DEF26Nahuel MolinaAtletico Madrid (SPA)2419
DEF4Gonzalo MontielSevilla (SPA)2519
DEF19Nicolas OtamendiBenfica (POR)3493
DEF6German PezzellaReal Betis (SPA)3132
DEF13Cristian RomeroTottenham (ENG)2412
DEF3Nicolas TagliaficoLyon (FRA)3042
MID7Rodrigo De PaulAtletico Madrid (SPA)2844
MID24Enzo FernandezBenfica (POR)213
MID17Alejandro ‘Papu’ GomezSevilla (SPA)3415
MID20Alexis Mac AllisterBrighton (ENG)238
MID14Exequiel PalaciosBayer Leverkusen (GER)2420
MID5Leandro ParedesJuventus (ITA)2846
MID18Guido RodriguezReal Betis (SPA)2826
FWD9Julian AlvarezMan City (ENG)2212
FWD16Thiago Almada**Atlanta United (USA)211
FWD11Angel Di MariaJuventus (ITA)34124
FWD21Paulo DybalaAS Roma (ITA)2834
FWD15Angel Correa*Atletico Madrid2522
FWD22Lautaro MartinezInter Milan (ITA)2540
FWD10Lionel MessiPSG (FRA)35165

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