Argentina and Lionel Messi begin their quest to win the World Cup against Saudi Arabia in Group C.
It’s been 36 years since Argentina won the World Cup while the prize is one that has eluded Messi throughout his career.
Now playing in his final World Cup at the age of 35, Messi appears to be back to his best after a difficult first season at PSG, while Argentina also appear to be in good form.
Lionel Scaloni’s side are among the favorites after winning the Copa America last summer, which ended Messi’s long wait for a first international title with his country.
Here’s everything you need to know.
When is Argentina vs Saudi Arabia?
The match will kick off at 10:00 GMT on Tuesday, November 22 at Lusail Stadium.
What TV channel is Argentina v Saudi Arabia airing on and is there a live stream?
It will be shown live on ITV 1, with coverage starting at 9am. It will also be streamed online on ITV X, formerly known as ITV Hub.
What’s up with the team?
Argentina have called up Angel Correa and Thiago Almada to their squad after Nicolas Gonzalez and Joaquin Correa picked up injuries in training last week. Lionel Messi has reportedly missed some training sessions but Argentina have dismissed concerns over their captain.
Argentina played a 4-4-2 in their warm-up friendly against the United Arab Emirates, with notable inclusions being Lisandro Martinez alongside Nicolas Otamendi in defence, Alexis Mac Allister starting on the left and Julian Alvarez playing against Lautaro Martínez alongside Messi. .
Argentina: E Martinez; Foyth, Otamendi, L. Martinez, Acuna; Paredes, DePaul; Di Maria, Mac Allister; Messi, Alvarez
Saudi Arabia: Al-Owais; Al-Burayk, Al-Amri, Al-Bulahyi, Al-Shahrani; Kanno, Al-Malki; Al-Shehri, Al-Faraj, Al-Daswari; Al Buraikan
Saudi Arabia: 22/1
Saudi Arabia performed well in Asian qualifying to finish top of their group and secure automatic entry, but Argentina are favorites for a reason and should wow their opponents if they can step up a gear with an early display of its attack power. Argentina 4-0 Saudi Arabia