World Cup Match-up: Group C France Vs. Group D Argentina
After qualifying from the group stages by beating Nigeria 2 – 1 in a close game, Argentina is up against the in-form France, at the Kazan Arena, this Saturday, 30th June.
Argentina had to experience a rollercoaster of emotions after losing back-to-back games against Iceland and Croatia. Jorge Sampaoli, the Argentinian manager, has a tremendous task at hand, as he has to find quick solutions to his team’s defensive problems. Veteran Javier Mascherano has to improve his judgment, as making any mistake against Les Bleus will prove costly.
Angel Di Maria needs to get back his confidence if he wishes to make an impact in this game. Also, Gonzalo Higuain isn’t able to perform the way he plays for Juventus. Hopefully, the manager will also give Paulo Dybala a role to play against France, as he is one of their most promising talents available on the bench.
France has been able to breeze through the group stages, as they have a well-rounded squad. Argentina will have to keep an eye on Antoine Griezmann, as the Frenchman is deadly inside the box. Trying to gain momentum against France will be an uphill task, as N'Golo Kanté is one of the best defensive midfielders at the moment. Lionel Messi needs to continue producing magic out of thin air to beat the French goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris.
Even though Argentina managed to rejuvenate their World Cup campaign, odds put France in favor of of getting the victory today.