Super Bird, Snail and Mouse Predict Argentina vs Australia – Round of 16 World Cup
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Australia are gearing up for one of their biggest ever matches when they face Argentina in the last-16 of the World Cup.
Argentina vs Australia will help wrap up the action from Group G and takes place on December 2.
The game will start at 7pm GMT, 2pm EST in the USA and on Saturday at 6am for Australian Eastern Time.
Date: Saturday December 7
Time: 7pm (UK time), 2pm (US EST), 6am - Dec 8 (AUS EST)
Bird Arjuna makes prediction
Bird Arjuna predicted Argentina will score five goals agaisnt Australia and win a ticket to the quarter final.
Argentina bounced back from their shock opening 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia by beating Mexico 2-0 thanks to goals from Messi and Enzo Fernandez.
Alexis MacAllister and Julian Alvarez spared Messi's blushes after the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner had a first-half penalty saved against Poland, with the Brighton midfielder and Manchester City forward sealing a 2-0 victory and top spot in Group C.
That means Lionel Scaloni's side will face Group D's surprise runners-up Australia.
Few gave the Socceroos' much chance of progressing from a tough section — an impression that was only increased by a 4-1 opening loss to reigning champions France.
Super cats have different predictions
Sam hit the cup of Argentina to predict Argentina will have a victory. Meanwhile Frodo ate the food under the cups of both teams. That might show he believed in a draw in the official match time.
Saruman The Snail
Saruman crawled to the side of Argentina: A win for Lionel Messi and his teammates.
Idril The Mouse
Very quickly Idril jumped to the hole of Argentina.
Argentina vs Australia: head to head history
Australia won their first-ever meeting with Argentina, beating the then world champions 4-1 in 1988 at the Bicentenary Gold Cup exhibition tournament.
That is as good as it gets in this head-to-head for the Socceroos, with Argentina winning five and drawing one of seven encounters overall.
In 2005, a couple of months before Messi's full international debut, Argentina prevailed 4-2 in a Confederations Cup clash. Luciano Figueroa scored a hat-trick for the Albiceleste before a John Aloisi double threatened an Australia comeback.
That was the last of three competitive meetings, with the most consequential of those coming in late 1993.
|Argentina vs Australia, World Cup qualification playoff |
Argentina finished fourth in the CONMEBOL qualification section for the 1994 World Cup, forcing them into an inter-continental playoff against Australia.
Finalists in each of the two previous World Cups, having gone all the way to glory in 1986, Argentina were reeling in October 1993 when they travelled to Sydney, having suffered a 5-0 humiliation against Colombia the previous month.
That led to an international recall for Diego Maradona, who played in both legs.
Abel Balbo gave Australia a first-half lead in the first leg, although that goal was cancelled out by Tony Vidmar. In the return match at El Monumental in Buenos Aires, an Alex Tobin own goal proved decisive.
Argentina vs Australia: Team news
Nathaniel Atkinson missed the game against Tunisia with an ankle injury but was back on the bench for Australia's clash with Denmark.
He will hope to come in ahead of Milos Degenek who started in the 1-0 victory on Wednesday.
Argentina have a full bill of health with Lionel Messi leading the way for Lionel Scaloni's side.
|Argentina squad |
Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martinez, Geronimo Rulli, Franco Armani
Defenders: Nahuel Molina, Gonzalo Montiel, Cristian Romero, German Pezzella, Nicolas Otamendi, Lisandro Martinez, Marcos Acuna, Nicolas Tagliafico, Juan Foyth
Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Alexis Mac Allister, Guido Rodriguez, Alejandro Gomez, Enzo Fernandez, Exequiel Palacios
Forwards: Angel Di Maria, Lautaro Martinez, Julian Alvarez, Nicolas Gonzalez, Joaquin Correa, Paulo Dybala, Lionel Messi.
Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan (Copenhagen), Andrew Redmayne (Sydney FC), Danny Vukovic (Central Coast Mariners)
Defenders: Milos Degenek (Columbus Crew), Fran Karacic (Brescia), Nathaniel Atkinson (Heart of Midlothian), Bailey Wright (Sunderland), Aziz Behich (Dundee United), Kye Rowles (Heart of Midlothian), Harry Souttar (Stoke City), Joel King (OB), Thomas Deng (Albirex Nigata)
Midfielders: Ajdin Hrustic (Hellas Verona), Aaron Mooy (Celtic), Riley McGree (Middlesbrough), Jackson Irvine (FC St Pauli), Keanu Baccus (St Mirren), Cameron Devlin (Heart of Midlothian)
Forwards: Marco Tilio (Melbourne City), Mathew Leckie (Melbourne City), Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City), Awer Mabil (Cadiz), Mitchell Duke (Fagiano Okayama), Craig Goodwin (Adelaide United), Jason Cummings (Central Coast Mariners), Garang Kuol (Central Coast Mariners)
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