Argentina will host Mexico in Group D of the FIFA World Cup.
The match will start at 7 p.m. GMT on Saturday, 26 November 2022. The match venue is Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail.
Latest odds on betting sites
Argentina to win odds are priced at 1.60 (-167; American ⅗ Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 4.20 (+320; 16/5), while Mexico to win odds are priced at 6.00 (+500; 5/1)
The chances of the outcomes are as follows: Argentina — 61%, draw — 23%, Mexico— 16%.
Latest betting odds on Argentina vs Mexico (26 November 2022):
- Over 2.5 goals — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
- Under 2.5 goals — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
- Asian handicap (-0.25) on Argentina — 2.30 (+130; 13/10)
- Asian handicap (+0.25) on Mexico — 1.60 (-167; 3/5)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
- Both teams to score (No) — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
Match preview and statistics
Argentina suffered a shocking defeat to Saudi Arabia in their opening game of the World Cup. La Seleccion started the match well as they created a lot of chances. Argentina was awarded a penalty in the ninth minute as Parades was brought down in the box. Messi converted the penalty as they went 1-0 up. Argentina scored three different goals in the first half but all were ruled out for offside.
Saudi Arabia started the second half with a bang as Saleh Al- Sheri levelled the scoreline in the 49th minute with a nice shot into the bottom corner. Salem Al-Dawsari made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute with a stunning goal as he curled the ball into the far corner. Argentina is currently bottom of the group with zero points.
Argentina created lots of chances in their 1-2 loss but was unable to finish them. La Seleccion will not panic although they know the importance of the game against Mexico. Argentina will be relying on their captain Lionel Messi in their game against EL Tri. Lautauro Martinez was very dangerous in their opening game as he scored a goal that was disallowed.
Argentina team news: All players are fit and available.
Mexico played a 0-0 draw against Poland in their opening game. Guillermo Ochoa saved a penalty in the 58th minute as they secured one point in their opening game. Mexico had four shots on target during the game and created one big chance.
Mexico was unable to break down Poland's defence in their opening game of the tournament. El Tri had the majority of the possession but couldn't find a way past the defence. Mexico will find it difficult against an upset Argentina team as they look to get all three points. This is a crucial match for Mexico and a loss will be upsetting for them.
Mexico team news: All players are fit and available
Argentina vs Mexico H2H
England smashed the USA by three goals to nil in the last meeting between both sides.
Projected lineups and key players
Argentina projected starting lineup:
- Emi Martinez
- Nahuel Molina
- Cristian Romero
- Nicolas Otamendi
- Marcos Acuna
- Rodrigo De Paul
- Leandro Paredes
- Lionel Messi
- Angel Di Maria
- Lautaro Martinez
- Julian Alvarez
Lionel Messi scored Argentina’s goal in their 1-2 defeat to Saudi Arabia. The Paris Saint-Germain forward has scored the most goals in the country’s history (92). Messi has scored seven goals in the league this season while providing 10 assists. He will be looking to get his second goal of the tournament.
Mexico's projected starting lineup:
- Guillermo Ochoa
- Jorge Sanchez
- Hector Moreno
- Jesus Gallardo
- Cesar Montes
- Andres Guardado
- Edson Alvarez
- Hector Herrera
- Hirving Lozano
- Raul Jimenez
- Alexis Vega.
Hirving Lozano will be looking to get his first goal of the tournament against Argentina. The Mexico international created the most chances (2) in their 0-0 draw against Poland. Lozano is a key player for Mexico. Lozano completed the most dribbles (4) with an 80% success rate. He is a key player and will be looking to put in a good performance.
Predictions and betting tips
Argentina is one of the favourites to win the World Cup but was stunned by Saudi Arabia. La Seleccion needs a win to keep their hopes of qualifying alive with a loss signifying they are out of the competition. Argentina is the better side and will be looking to bounce back with a win in a crucial game. I predict Argentina to win 3-0.
Five of the last five Argentina matches have ended in over 2.5 goals. Three of the last Mexico matches have ended in over 2.5 goals. With Messi and Lautaro at the front line, Argentina will be looking to score a lot of goals to keep hopes of qualifying alive. I predict over 2.5 goals.
Betting prediction: Correct score 3-0
Odds: 10.00 (+900 American; 8/1 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 2.00 (+100 American; 1/1 Fractional)