France and Argentina will go head to head in the first game of round of 16 this Saturday at Kazan Arena.
Kick-off: 15:00 BST
Date: Saturday 30, June 2018
Venue: Kazan Arena, Kazan
Center back Samuel Umtiti remains doubtful but is hoping to be fit for this big game on Saturday.
Boss Didier Deschamps rested several of his star players including Hugo Lloris, Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba in their last game against Denmark, they all are expected to return in the starting eleven.
Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Corentin Tolisso need only one booking to miss their next game, they need to be cautious.
Jorge Sampaoli is expected to start with the same lineup that won against Nigeria.
Enzo Perez is doubtful through a minor knock.
Gabriel Mercado, Ever Banega, Javier Mascherano, Marcos Acuna, Nicolas Otamendi and Lionel Messi all have to play fairly in order to avoid missing next game as they are only one booking away from game suspension.
Argentina have won their last 2 games against France in World Cup.
France have not won any of their last 4 games against Argentina.
France have scored only 1 goal against Argentina in their last 4 games.
France are unbeaten so far in World Cup 2018.
France 1 – 2 Argentina, Lionel Messi to shine for his country, helping them to reach the quarter final of World Cup 2018.