Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia 2-0?

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Lionel Messi is about to begin his fifth and final World Cup finals and these Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia predictions suggest he will get off to a successful start. These two meet in the opening match in Group C in the early kick-off on Tuesday.

Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia odds

1 – Argentina to win – 1/6

2 – Under 2.5 goals scored – 6/5

3 – Both teams not to score – 4/9

4 – Half time/Full time Argentina/Argentina  – 8/13

5 – Lionel Messi to score at any time – 4/6

All eyes will be on Messi at the Lusail Stadium on Tuesday, as Argentina kick off their World Cup campaign against Saudi Arabia. It is widely believed that this will be the player’s final tournament – and many are tipping him to cap an incredible career off by lifting the trophy.

First, Argentina need to get Saudi Arabia out of the way. The signs are good though. The Albiceleste come into the tournament on the back of a 35-game undefeated streak and have looked impressive against admittedly weaker opposition in recent friendlies.

With set-piece duties, Messi is a good bet to find the net at some point during the game, although the scoreline may not be as comprehensive as some might think. Early games in World Cup tournaments can be cagey affairs and Saudi Arabia will defend deep here.

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Argentina vs Saudi Arabia
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That’s why a low-scoring game could be on the cards – although one that Argentina do go on to win. Saudi coach Hervé Renard would probably take a narrow defeat against one of the favourites as a stepping stone to get something out of the following games against Poland and Mexico.

The Green Falcons looked good in qualifying, finishing top of a final round group that also included both Japan and Australia. That campaign was followed by an intensive round of friendlies and just a narrow 1-0 loss to Croatia.

Renard will not be targeting this game as the one to take some points from in this group and will use his extensive knowledge and expertise of World Cup finals to give Saudi a chance of progressing to the knockout rounds for the first time since 1994.

How to stream Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia

Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia will be broadcast by national TV stations all around the world – as well as online.

Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia last five matches

Argentina last five matches

Italy 0-3 Argentina

Argentina 5-0 Estonia

Argentina 3-0 Honduras

Jamaica 0-3 Argentina

United Arab Emirates 0-5 Argentina

Saudi Arabia last five matches

Saudi Arabia 1-1 Albania

Saudi Arabia 0-0 Honduras

Saudi Arabia 1-0 Iceland

Panama 1-1 Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia 0-1 Croatia

Argentina top World Cup qualification goalscorers

Lionel Messi – 7

Lautaro Martinez – 7

Ángel Di Maria – 3

Nicolás González – 3

Joaquín Correra – 2

Saudi Arabia top World Cup qualification goalscorers

Salem Al-Dawsari – 7

Saleh Al-Shehri – 7

Salman Al-Faraj – 4

Fahad Al-Muwallad – 4

Firas Al-Buraikan – 3

Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia line-ups

Argentina (4-3-3): E Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Peredes, Goméz; Messi, L Martínez, Di Maria

Saudi Arabia (4-3-3): Owais; Ghanam, Amri, Bulaihi, Sharani; Najei, Sharahili, Faraj; S Dawsari, Buraikan, Bahebri

Argentina team news

Everything will go through Lionel Messi – but he does have quite the supporting cast. Head coach Lionel Scaloni has fostered a very good team spirit since taking over and has won over the fans with the performances. Defensive rock Cristian Romero should be back from injury, as will Juventus attacker Ángel Di Maria.

Saudi Arabia team news

Although Hervé Renard will set his side out in a 4-3-3 formation, it is much more likely to drop deep in all areas of the pitch, with the strikers hoping for a few chances to do something up the other end. The entire squad play in Saudi Arabia and Renard will be hoping that top player Salem Al-Dawsari has fully recovered from his recent appendix surgery to perform in Qatar.

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