After a great group stage, today at 8 pm (BD Standard) the round of sixteen is going to start with Argentina vs France match. Many of football lovers might have thought that Argentina wouldn’t go to this round. But Argentina played like a wounded tiger which is more dangerous than any other thing.
Both Argentina and France have met in any world cup only two times. In both matches, Argentina won. The first time when Argentina met with France was 1930 in Uruguay where they beat France by 1-0 and the last time was about 40 years ago in 1978 where the host Argentina lifted the world cup trophy too. They beat France by 2-1 in their group stage.
Both Are the Champions: Argentina lifted FIFA world cup trophy for two times in 1978 and 1986 respectively where France lifted this trophy only in 1998.
In today’s match, nine players should be also worried for the quarter-final match. Because if one of them receives a yellow card they will be suspended for the next match as per FIFA’s rule.
Argentina: Javier Mascherano, Ever Banega, Nicolas Otamendi, Gabriel Mercado, Marcos Acuna, Lionel Messi.
France: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, CorentinTolisso.
Besides, we all have to wait for the best X1 today and the winner of this match. Then we will be sure who can play and who can’t.
Possible Best X1 for
Franco Armani, Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Ever Banega, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez, Angel Di Maria,Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain.
But there is a possible chance for Pavon to start today’s match instead of Higuain. If this happens, the formation can be 4-3-3. Otherwise, it would be 4—4-2. Let’s wait for Sampaoli’s decision.
France:Antoine Griezmann, Benjamin Pavard,Hugo Lloris,KyianMbappe, Lucas Hernandez,Olivier Giroud,Ousmane Dembele, Paul Pogba, N’GoloKante, Samuel Umtiti,Raphael Varane.
Possible formation for France: 4-2-3-1.
Argentina couldn’t win any world cup finals since Messi started playing for Argentina. So, the fans including with the players will also be tensed.
Hugo Lloris, France goalkeeper, and captain also said, “We are super excited. Argentina is the finalist from four years ago, it is a huge football nation, and the fans are in the town. This is an important meeting but we are here to win. Another tournament is about to begin.” (Courtesy: www.fifa.com)
The question has also risen, “Can France learn from Croatia?” It’s now or never. This is the only chance for France to beat Argentina after 40 years in FIFA world cup to take revenge. The fans will be expecting a lot from Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann.