The 2021 Copa America winners Argentina will fancy their chances in Group C, and perhaps of winning the whole tournament as Lionel Messi looks to bow out of the international arena with a World Cup triumph.
Lionel Scaloni’s side look to be the team to beat in South America, not tasting defeat since pre-Covid 19 – when they lost in the semi-finals of the Copa America to Brazil in 2019.
Their impressive 3-0 victory over Italy in the Uefa Cup of Champions stretched their unbeaten run to 32 games, which has since been extended to 33, putting Argentina just four matches away from the longest unbeaten streak in international football.
However, the quality of opposition Argentina face ahead of the World Cup may not be adequate preparation, with games against Estonia, Honduras, and Jamaica. Despite this, their impressive wins against Brazil, Italy, Uruguay, and Colombia over the past year suggests that La Albiceleste have no problems putting quality opposition to the sword either.
Whilst the majority of eyes will be on talisman Messi, Argentina are able to boast a wealth of talent.
Striker Lautaro Martinez will be vital, with the Inter Milan striker netting 29 goals in all competitions last season. The 25-year-old has also managed to transfer his form to the international stage, scoring 20 goals in all competitions.
Argentina have proved they can compete with the very best, with their dominant win over Euro 2020 winners Italy in the summer highlighting their capabilities, and they look to be entering the tournament in fine form.
Argentina are certainly one to watch in Qatar. A favourable group, coupled with supreme confidence with their form sees them having every chance of emerging victorious come the end of the tournament.
Manager: Lionel Scaloni
Star player: Lionel Messi
One to watch: Lautaro Martinez
World Cups appeared in: 1930, 1934, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018
Winners: 1978, 1986
Fixtures: Nov 22 - Argentina v Saudi Arabia; Nov 26 - Argetina v Mexico; Nov 30 - Poland v Argentina