Lionel Scaloni’s men will face one of the surprise packages at the 2022 World Cup as Lionel Messi and co. take on Australia at the Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday.
However, the start to the tournament wasn’t as smooth as everyone had predicted: Saudi Arabia pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent times by defeating Lionel Scaloni’s team 1-2.
Luckily for the Argentinian fans, the South American nation bounced back to defeat Mexico and Poland, victories that ended up giving them Group C’s top spot.
Meanwhile, Australia will go into the match with nothing to lose, as they are aware that all the pressure is on Argentina.
Australia emerged from a tricky Group D along with France leaving early exits for Tunisia and Denmark with Graham Arnold’s men never throwing in the towel and kept believing, as they recovered from their 4-1 defeat to France in their opener to defeat both Tunisia and Denmark.
Argentina vs Australia: odds
Despite the fact that Australia have lost each of their last four meetings with Argentina, they will be no pushovers, as they proved in the group stage.
Meanwhile, Argentina will take to the pitch knowing that if they show their best level, their chances of progressing to the quarterfinals are high.
La Albiceleste are heavy favorites to emerge victorious and qualify at 1/5 (1.20), while an upset by the Socceroos is tipped at 14/1 (15.00). The draw is being paid at 11/2 (6.50).
Argentina vs Australia: predictions
The knockout stage has begun and the smallest mistake can translate into elimination, which means that Argentina will need to avoid performing as they did in their opener.
The Socceroos, who found the back of the net in all three of their group games, will do their best, but ultimately will fall short against Messi’s team.
Prediction: Argentina 3-1 Australia