Argentina enters this match as the dark horses of the tournament, especially with Lionel Messi as their team captain and top scorer. However, Switzerland proves themselves as more than a mediocre team as they qualify for the Round of 16.
It is going to be an interesting match as the two eams battle for a spot in the quarter finals, but, a sheet record of the matches will tell us that Argentina has got the upper hand for this match.
Messi is expected yet again to carry the team and be th wings that will lift them to the next level. He has scored four goals within three matches so far that have secured them the top spot in their respective group, going against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, and Nigeria.
Nevertheless, the team can still offer a lot excluding the services of the spectacular Messi. With Marcos Rojo, Fernando Gago, and Angel Di Maria, the team just needs to unlock their full potential to really give the audience their performance of a life time.
However, Sergio Arguero of Argentina will miss the match today because of a thigh injury against Nigeria. He will be replaced by winger Ezequiel Lavezzi, a newbie in the World Cup.
On the other hand, Switzerland’s performance so far in the World Cup has both been a mix of good and bad luck. After stealing the win in their opener against Ecuador at 2-1 and a 90 minute goal, the team suffered a humiliating loss against France at 5-2, but quickly got back to pieces after thrashing Honduras at 3-0.
The Swiss defense is also great, and Argentina’s Assistant Coach Claudio Gugnali said: “It’s going to be a very intense match.”
Prediction: Of course this is going to be a teeth-clenching, chair-gripping, all-for-nothing fight between Argentina and Switzerland. The two are going to put up a great show, but surely Argentina has more fire power among the two. The game will end with a 2-1 win in favour of Messi’s team.