Argentina vs Mexico | Argentina must undoubtedly defeat Mexico if they are to live up to the pre-tournament hoopla hailing them as probable World Cup champions.

In their opening match, Lionel Scaloni’s team suffered one of the greatest surprises of the competition, falling to Saudi Arabia 2-1.

And if they want to dispel any early scepticism about their chances of winning the title, simply three points in their second game will do.

The anticipated starting lineups for both sides before of the match at Lusail Stadium are shown below.

lineups for Argentina vs Mexico

Argentina’s World Cup campaign has got a big fitness boost thanks to their talisman as they attempt to get back on track.

Messi is entirely healthy and will be ready to start against Mexico, despite initial worries over a leg issue.

Positive developments on the physical front, however, must be accompanied by a swift mental recovery. Coach Scaloni explained: “My guys are more than capable of getting back up after being knocked out.

“Despite the loss to Saudi Arabia, we won’t change our playing strategy.. I can modify a few things about the choice, but not the system—that much is clear.

This team will give it their all on the field to bounce back from that significant blow.

Argentina expected a starting eleven

(4-3-3, from right to left): 19. Otamendi, 4. Montiel, 25. L. Martinez, and 23. E. Martinez (goalkeeper). 7. De Paul — 3. Tagliafico 10. Messi, 22. L. Martinez, 11. Di Maria, 10. Paredes, 24. Fernandez, 5.

Damage: none

Suspended: none
Due to recent fitness issues, Cristian Romero is expected to withdraw, making Lisandro Martinez of Manchester United the most likely replacement.

With Papu Gomez withdrawing, Enzo Fernandez may also get his first start of the competition.

Mexico expected to start with 11

(3. Montes, 23. Gallardo), 18. Guardado, 16. Herrera, 19. Sanchez, 15. Moreno, 13. Ochoa (GK), 18. 22, Lozano, 9, Jimenez, 10, Vega, 24, Chavez, and

Damage: none
Suspended: none
The key decision for Gerardo Martino is whether to replace Henry Martin with the fit-again striker Raul Jimenez.

Andres Guardado’s expertise in important games might entice the Mexico coach to play him in central midfield.