This year’s World Cup started last Sunday (20), with the opening game between Ecuador and Qatar, the South American team won 2-0 with two goals from Valencia. Argentina and Saudi Arabia will play the first game of Group C, this Tuesday (22nd), at 7 am, at the Lusail Stadium. Mexico and Poland complete the group.
The selection led by Lionel Scaloni arrives for this edition of the World Cup as one of the favorites, mainly for its main star, Lionel Messi. Even though the star is not at his peak, his quality and decision-making power is undeniable, the Argentine national team arrives undefeated, with 36 games without losing, including a victory in the Copa América final over Brazil.
Scaloni was mysterious about the line-up in the first game, however there should be no surprises, the only doubt would be one of the three midfield players, Mac Allister and Papu Gomez vying for a place alongside Paredes and De Paul. The likely lineup will be: ibu Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi and Acuña; From Paul, Paredes and McAllister; Di Maria, Messi and Lautaro Martinez.
The Saudi Arabia national team does not have much tradition in football, this will be only their sixth participation in World Cups, their best position was reaching the round of 16 in their first participation. The Arab team played 16 games, with three wins, two draws and 11 defeats. There were ten goals scored and 37 conceded.
A curiosity is that the country was already commanded by the Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira, in 1998, after being four-time champion with Brazil in 1994, however he was dismissed during the tournament. Even being considered the weakest team in Group C, it may come as a surprise, the probable line-up of the squad commanded by former French player Hervé Renard will be: Al-Owais; Al-Burayk, Al-Amri, Al-Bulahyi, Al-Shahrani; Kanno, Al-Malki; Al-Shehri, Al-Faraj, Al-Daswari; Al-Buraikan