Argentina vs Saudi Arabia | FIFA WC 2022 | Score Prediction | Preview | H2H | Lineups

The Group C of the FIFA World Cup 2022 will open the gates on Tuesday (November 22) as two-time champions Argentina stage Saudi Arabia at the Lusail Iconic Stadium. 

Emotions will be riding high for a player named Lionel Messi, who carries the burden of an entire nation to end their 36-year wait for a World title. Saudi Arabia on the flip side will look to spoil the party of Messi and Co as they look to make a statement ahead of the contest.

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Head to Head

The two nations have met on four occasions in the past with the South American side dominating the affair with two wins and two draws. The only competitive meeting between the sides came in the final of the 1992 FIFA Confederation Cup, the first event of its kind where the continental champions squared off against one another.

Argentina won the final in convincing fashion as they ran out winners by 3-1 at the King Fahd II Stadium in Riyadh to clinch the inaugural tournament. So winning a FIFA Trophy in Middle-East land is not a new experience for Argentina. The most recent meeting between the sides came in November 2012 which ended in a stalemate of 0-0.

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Head to Head

06 Jul 1988Argentina v Saudi Arabia2-2Bicentennial Gold Cup
16 Jul 1988Argentina v Saudi Arabia2-0Bicentennial Gold Cup
20 Oct 1992Saudi Arabia v Argentina1-3FIFA Confederations Cup
14 Nov 2012Saudi Arabia v Argentina0-0International Friendly

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Group Details

Argentina will be the favorites to win Group C and should get the job done against Saudi Arabia before they march on to the next stage of the tournament. If Messi and Co. come unscratched against the Asian side they can then book their passage to the next round where they meet North American powerhouse Mexico at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail on Saturday (November 26). 

The same day will also see Saudi Arabia take on Poland which will be a huge contest in deciding the second spot in the group if Argentina dominate as they are expected.

The final Matchday will either be a must-win contest or a rest day for Argentina as they take on Poland at Stadium 974 in Doha on Wednesday (November 30). If Saudi Arabia do have anything to play for then their clash against Mexico on the same day at the Lusail Iconic Stadium will provide them an opportunity to progress to the Round of 16 for the first time in 28 years.

World Cup Record


World Cup
Appearances18 (first in 1930)
Best resultChampions (1978, 1986)

Saudi Arabia

Appearances6 (first in 1994)
Best resultRound of 16 (1994)

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Predicted Lineup

Argentina (4-3-3)

E Martinez; Molina, Otamendi, L Martinez, Acuna; Rodriguez, Paredes, Fernandez; Messi, L Martinez, Di Maria

Saudi Arabia (4-5-1)

Al-Owais; Abdulhamid, Tambakti, Al-Amri, Al-Shahrani; Al-Najei, Kanno, Al-Malki; Asiri, Al-Brikan, Al-Daswari

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Date, kick-off time, and venue

The FIFA World Cup 2022 Matchday 1 encounter on Tuesday, November 22 will kick-off at 3:30 PM IST, 1:00 PM Local Time


Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail


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