FIFA World Cup 2022: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia prediction, time, live streaming details

On November 22, Argentina’s Lusail will play Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the Lusail Iconic Stadium. In 1978 and 1986, the Latin American nation took home the coveted trophy and Lionel Messi will want to repeat the feat in what will undoubtedly be his last dance on the international stage. Argentina won the Copa America in 2021 and have not lost in 36 games since then. They have won their last five games, scoring 16 goals and keeping five clean sheets.

overview

Ahead of Argentina’s tournament opener against Saudi Arabia, Messi has responded to the frequently asked question about his alleged injury. Speaking to the media during the usual pre-match press conference, Messi responded to claims that his fitness was in doubt after apparently skipping training in Qatar. Messi denied such claims that he has an ankle injury and said he is ready to lead Lionel Scaloni’s team against Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia are hoping to at least match the 1994 World Cup performance when they narrowly progressed through the group stage and lost in the round of 16. They have won just two of their last ten games in all competitions and that too will be put to the test by the Albiceleste.

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Argentina

Since losing 2-0 to Brazil in the 2019 Copa America, Argentina have come off an incredible 36-game unbeaten streak in all competitions from their last five games in total. After Argentina lost to Germany in the 2014 final, Argentina’s exit from the last 16 with just one win in 2018 was a major disappointment. Messi’s fans would wish for a much more convincing performance from the Argentine side as this tournament is said to be the last for the legendary footballer.

Saudi Arabia

The Green Falcons, who had the honor of meeting hosts Russia in the 2018 World Cup opener, suffered a dismal 5-0 defeat and they will likely expect a similar result against desperate Argentina. Four of Saudi Arabia’s five World Cup opening games have ended in defeat and the country is unlucky to start 2022 with what may be the toughest of all opening games.

head to head

Argentina and Saudi Arabia have never met in the finals of a World Cup, but the South American team boast a record of two wins and two draws from their last four meetings with the Asian nation, most recently with a goalless draw in a 2012 friendly.

key figures

As in every game he plays, Lionel Messi will undoubtedly be the player to watch while Angel Di Maria is on the opposing side of the attack. Leandro Paredes and Nicolas Otamendi, the star players who skipped the team’s outdoor training camp at Qatar University, are expected to have a significant impact. Saudi Arabia will depend heavily on centre-back Abdulelah Al-Amri and left-back Yasser Al-Shahrani to contain Argentina’s attack. Meanwhile, they want striker Firas Al-Buraikan to score safely.

Date, time & place

The game between Argentina and Saudi Arabia will take place on November 22 at 15:30 (India time).

Live streaming details

The Argentina v Saudi Arabia match will be broadcast live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD TV channels in India and Jio Cinema’s app and website both offer free live streaming of the event.

forecast

Although Saudi Arabia played with an admirable defense in 2022, there was a noticeable lack of goals on the other side and they are unlikely to find much joy playing against Argentina, who are in superb form. However, Messi and his boys would likely have a cautious start to the tournament, sealing the win 2-0 in their favour.

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