The Argentinian team had a rocky start to the World Cup with a loss to Saudi Arabia. However, the players, led by their captain, Lionel Messi, got themselves back in the running from the second group stage match, taking home a win against Mexico. They finished off their group stage with a successful match against Poland who had less than 5 shots in 90 minutes. The only black spot of the match was the penalty missed by Lionel Messi.
On the other side, Australia is amongst the more surprising teams competing in the final phase. After a rough entry into the tournament (a 4-1 defeat to France), they succeeded in finishing second in their group. For this, they had to beat Denmark and Tunisia. But on paper, this Australian team has no chance against a South American team that has finally found its style of play.
Argentina vs Australia: Argentina has talent on its side
The Argentinians have enormous talent on the field, with a young Enzo Fernandez who has really shown his worth in this World Cup, and Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister, who dominates the midfield. They can also count on the best player in the world, Lionel Messi. He will no doubt be looking to go the distance in his last World Cup.
On the opposite side, the Australian team does not inspire confidence, being made up of many players from minor championship and second-division teams. All the same, they can count on the calm Aaron Mooy, who has played in the Premier League for a number of years. They will play with all their heart to try and please the fans.
It’s worth noting also that this will be the first time that these two teams have faced off.
Argentina vs Australia: No surprises from the two sides
At a glance, there will be no surprises concerning the starting 11 of the two teams. Both managers are happy with the performance of their first-team players. This has allowed them both to qualify for the Round of 16.
The key points of the match: An Argentinian attack on fire!
If the Argentinian defence does not inspire confidence, the offence inspires fear in all the teams of the World Cup. In front, we must of course mention Lionel Messi, who has already scored two goals since the start of the World Cup. He would have scored three if he hadn’t missed his penalty against the Polish goalkeeper. Positioned around him will be the young Julian Alvarez who is nestling his way little by little into the Argentinian squad. Beside him, Angel Di Maria will likely be working his magic.
We can’t say the same for the Australian attack, which will be led by the Middlesborough attacker Riley McGree, and by Fagiano Okayama player Mitchell Duke.
Other predictions worth a shot for Argentina – Australia match at 8 pm
It’s no surprise that Argentina will comfortably be the favourites in this matchup. We see them opening the scoring in the first half, before scoring again in the second half putting them ahead by half-time and gaining them the win by the end. We think there will be more than 2.5 goals in this match. Lionel Messi will surely score in this match and send his team through to the quarters.