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World Cup 2018: Argentina vs Iceland: Team news, injuries, possible lineups

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Argentina will on Saturday afternoon clash with Iceland at the Spartak Stadium in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The La Albiceleste and Iceland have never met before in FIFA competition.

Argentina is in Group D of the tournament alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

Jorge Sampaoli’s men head into this clash after winning 3 and losing 2 of their last five games against Russia, Nigeria, Italy, Spain and Haiti.

Sampaoli’s has no new injuries worries in his team ahead of this clash.

Captain Lionel Messi will start as supporting striker just behind lone frontman Sergio Aguero, while Angel Di Maria and Maximiliano Meza are expected to start out wide in attacking positions for Argentina.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero should start in goal, leaving Nicolas Otamendi and Marcos Rojo as the centre-backs in front of him.

The South Americans are runners up at the 2014 edition in Brazil.

Meanwhile, Heimir Hallgrímsson’s Iceland will make their debut at this year’s World Cup against Argentina on Saturday.

Iceland head into this clash after winning 1, drawing 1 and losing 3 of their last five games against Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Norway and Ghana.

Hallgrimsson has no news of injuries problems in his team ahead of today’s clash.

The Iceland manager may decide upon a slightly more compact 4-4-1-1 formation that allows Sigurdsson a free creative role just behind striker, Alfred Finnbogason, while Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Emil Hallfredsson and Gunnarsson will occupy the midfield.

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Argentina potential starting XI: Caballero; Salvio, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; Biglia, Mascherano; Meza, Messi, Di Maria; Aguero

Iceland potential starting XI: Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Ingason, Sigurdsson, Magnusson; Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, Hallfredsson, Bjarnason; Sigurdsson; Finnbogason

The kick off time for the match is 2:00pm.


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