After a dismal showing against Croatia, Argentina will be needing to pull up their socks once and for all to keep any hopes of making it to the knockout stages alive. Nigeria on the other hand will be confident of their chances of progressing at the expense of their “well known” rival.
Nigeria will be taking on Argentina for the 5th time in the history of the FIFA World Cup at the Saint Petersburg Arena in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday night. In all the previous occasions the South Americans have come out victorious against the team that beat them to the 1996 Olympic Gold medal.
Argentina have been considerably poor in their first two matches, and their dismal performance has kept the fans bewildering about how the 2014 Runners Up have fallen from their perch so easily. The Argentinian team looked dismantled and out of place against the very organised Croatian outfit and the 3-0 result in favour of the Europeans was not at all flattering. Earlier they had drawn against the spirited Iceland in their opening match after Lionel Messi failed to convert from the penalty spot.
Nigeria will be oozing with confidence after defeating a very stubborn Iceland side by 2 Ahmed Musa goals in the previous match day. After an opening day loss against the Croats, their performance against the Viking nation showed great promise and the Nigerian fans are again hoping for a knockout birth.
Even though the history is on the sides of the Latin Americans, their recent form and their 2-4 loss against the Super Eagles last year will certainly make this an open encounter. Moreover, the onus will be on the 2-times champions to score, as a draw might be enough to take the Nigerians through.
Injury and suspension:
Neither teams will miss anyone through suspension, although Nigeria might be missing their captain John Obi Mikel who suffered an arm injury in their victory over Iceland.
Nigeria vs Argentina Probable Line-Ups:
Francis Uzoho; Kenneth Omeruo, William Ekong, Leon Balogun; Tyronne Ebuehi, Wilfred Ndidi, John Obi Mikel, Oghenekaro Etebo, Victor Moses; Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa
Franco Armani; Eduardo Salvio, Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Ever Banega, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez, Angel Di Maria; Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain
For Nigeria, Musa will be fuming with confidence after becoming the highest scorer in world cup history for his country. Alongside him, the likes of Moses, Iheanacho and Ndidi will be crucical. Leon Balogun and Wiliam Ekong’s form at the back will also be important.
Messi has been disappointing in this world cup so far and the Argentina fans all over will hope that he pulls up his socks at the right moment for his national side. The return of Ever Banega, as well as Angel Di Maria, will be crucial for Albiceleste at the centre of the park.
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