Venue – Arena Corinthians, São Paulo; Date – 1st June 2014; Time – 9:30 pm IST
Argentina have been tipped as one of the hot favorites to lift the cup alongside host nation Brazil this year and they have to cut through the Swiss Cheese if they are to progress any forward. The South American outfit has picked up an impressive 9 points from their group games but the margin of their victory will worry Sabella. They have won all their bouts with just a slim one goal margin and it is a hard fact to digest considering the firepower they possess.
Switzerland on the other hand finished as runners up to France in Group E. They have played attractive football and will look to replicate the same against Argentina. Despite their 5-2 drubbing at the hands of France, they recovered rather well and put 3 goals past Honduras to land a spot in the round of 16. They will capitalize on the misfiring Argentinean strike force and look to cause an upset.
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Key factors in the match
Apart from Lionel Messi, none of the other Argentinean players seem up to the mark. He has spared their blushes on more than one occasion and Sabella will have to rethink his squad setup. He has scored 4 goals so far in the tournament and will look to add more to his tally.
Swiss starlet Shaqiri has been in red hot form for the national side. He scored a splendid hat trick against Honduras to propel them to the last 16. He has the pace and the vision to belong in the big stage and he will pose a threat to Argentina.
Argentina have conceded far too many goals on the counter and this will definitely cause their downfall. They were undone by some counter pace against Nigeria and Switzerland will be more than vary of this fact.
Argentina striker Sergio Aguero is out of this clash with a muscle tear which might force Sabella to change his tactics. The La Albiceleste prefer playing a 3 man strike force predominantly and this might just change with Aguero being ruled out.
This will be the 7th encounter between the two sides and Switzerland have never beaten the La Albiceleste.
Argentina have won their last three World Cup second round ties; winning on penalties versus England in 1998 and beating Mexico in both 2006 and 2010.
The Swiss have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last 10 World Cup finals matches
Argentina have had an average possession figure of 65% so far at this tournament. This is the highest figure recorded in the finals.
Predictions: Let us have a look at what the big guns have to say:
Goal.com: 3-1 to Argentina
BBC: 2-0 to Argentina
Bleacher Report: 2-1 to Argentina