It’s Lionel Messi’s last World Cup. One of the all-time greats has one more chance to win the one trophy he has never won. The one that he wants the most. The one that will solidify his legacy as one of the best to ever play the game. The quest starts with this Argentina vs Saudi Arabia tie.
Argentina vs Saudi Arabia
Date: 22 November 2022
Time: 10:00 (GMT)
Venue: Lusail Iconic Stadium (Lusail)
Argentina has a good roster. They have had better in the past. But what this Argentina has is that feeling of a team. Those vibes of a group of players who play for each other. They are unbeaten since 2019 and show their dedication every time they set foot on a football pitch.
The king of this tight group, is, of course, Lionel Messi. He is more mature than ever. He’s in impeccable condition, playing deeper than ever in his career. He creates, he scores, and he sets the pace for both Paris Saint-Germain and his national team.
A win against Saudi Arabia will mean that the Albiceleste will equal the international record for most unbeaten matches, held by Italy and their 37 games without a single defeat.
There are injury problems for Argentina. Joaquin Correa will miss the World Cup, Palacios and Romero aren’t ready to play a full 90 minutes yet, and it is still unclear whether Dybala will be able to help Argentina before the end of the tournament.
In the tournament opener, we experienced a Qatar team that could be the worst team in this edition of the World Cup. Is it though? Many believe that Saudi Arabia is equally as weak. Sharahili and Tambakti will probably miss their team’s first game in the group stage, but star man Salem Al-Dawsari is ready to go.
Argentina (4-3-3): E. Martinez; Molina, Lis. Martinez, Otamendi, Acuna; De Paul, Paredes, Mac Allister; Messi, Di Maria, Laut. Martinez
Saudi Arabia (4-2-3-1): Al-Owais; Al-Burayk, Al-Amri, Al-Bulahyi, Al-Shahrani; Kanno, Al-Malki; Al-Shehri, Al-Faraj, Al-Daswari; Al-Buraikan
I cannot see a scenario where Argentina loses this one. I fully expect the Albiceleste to dominate this Argentina vs Saudi Arabia match and win by two goals or more.
Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Pick: Argentina (-1.5) @1.60
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