Argentina v Switzerland odds, Free Bets and Match Preview from World Cup

Its Argentina v Switzerland from the World Cup, with Lionel Messi set to star once more, with free bets, match preview and live in play news.

The second favourites to lift the World Cup in Argentina take on Switzerland this evening in the last 16 of the competition.

Match Facts

Argentina won all three group games, however failed to reach the level of performance many expected.

Lionel Messi scored in all three matches, as Argentina beat Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria all by a single goal.

They finished their group campaign off with an entertaining 3-2 victory over Nigeria, with Messi scoring twice.

Switzerland edged Ecuador out for second spot in Group E, meaning Haris Seferovic’s late winner when the pair met in their first game was all the more important.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored a hat-trick as Switzerland beat Honduras in their final group game, although the level of opponents is slightly harder in the second round!

Argentina have never lost to Switzerland, winning four and drawing the other two in the six previous meetings.

Messi scored a hat-trick in the most recent fixture, as Argentina won 3-1 in Basel, including two late strikes.

Argentine players on yellow cards: Marcos Rojo

Switzerland players on yellow cards: Johan Djourou

Team news

Sergio Aguero is out of Argentina’s second round clash, after going off injured in the narrow win over Nigeria.

Paris Saint Germain winger Ezequiel Lavezzi will come in for Aguero, in what many believe will add better shape for Argentina’s formation.

Rodrigo Palacio will put Lavezzi under threat for Aguero’s place, however the Inter man is likely to miss out.

That is almost certain to be on the only change for Argentina, with Fernando Gago keeping his place after missing out in their first match.

Switzerland are likely to name the same starting XI to the side that met Honduras on Wednesday evening.

Philippe Senderos would again miss out, with the Basel youngster Fabian Schar preferred in the heart of the Swiss defence.

Ottmar Hitzfeld is likely to line up in a more defensive 4-5-1, than the 4-2-3-1, however expect the personnel to remain the same.

Argentina (4-3-3): Romero, Zabaleta, Fernandez, Garay, Rojo, Mascherano, Gago, Di Maria, Lavezzi, Messi, Higuain

Switzerland (4-5-1): Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Djourou, Rodriguez, Behrami, Inler, Shaqiri, Xhaka, Mehmedi, Drmic


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