Argentina Set To Make Surprise Change To Starting XI Against France

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After playing the most soporific game of the World Cup so far, France will feature in a seismic last-16 clash of former champions with a resurgent Argentina on Saturday, and they will have to drastically improve if they are to stop Lionel Messi.

Deschamps sacrificed a golden chance for them to gel by shaking up his side for the 0-0 draw against Denmark, which secured qualification but did little to improve team cohesion.

Thus it would be an interesting tie because both of them are big heavyweights in the tournament, France have quality in all departments, whereas for Argentina even substitutions are made by asking Leo Messi.

But, he added: "Argentina will play an aggressive style of football, we're going to attack from kick-off".

Just as France know the threat of Messi, Argentina coach Sampaoli is fully aware of the dangers of an on-form France - led by Paris St Germain teenager Kylian Mbappe.

Saturday's star-studded 2018 World Cup showdown between Argentina and France is must-see material. With the talent Messi has, sometimes there is not a great deal you can do because he is so unpredictable. He said: 'There is so much expectation around Messi, which I think is normal, but still I think the Argentina team has a lot to show.

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Remarkably, Gonzalo Higuain has not scored in his last eight matches for Argentina.Another aspect of the game will be France's capacity to prevent Messi from being fed by the opposing midfield, notably Ever Banega.

"He is different with Argentina than with Barcelona", said Umtiti.

Argentina scraped through to the knockout stage following a dramatic victory over Nigeria in their last group match, finishing as runners-up to Croatia. The last time these two sides met was in 2009 in an global friendly which Messi and co had won 2-0. The teams will score at least one goal apiece, so bettors should take the over. Even though the numbers look quite solid (two wins in three matches and only goal conceded), the stats do not tell the whole story.

"They will try to make us make mistakes, and try to hurt us on the wings".

If a manager's demeanour in front of the cameras is an indication of the state of his team then France risk staring into the void.

"We have two completely different styles but I have faith we will impose our own style and dictate the pace and rhythm of the game".