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Nigeria v Argentina: World Cup 2018 match preview, predicted team line-ups and more

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Nigeria will face Argentina in their final Group D fixture on Tuesday.

The South American side are trailing at the bottom of the group, after they lost 3-0 against Croatia and draw with Iceland.

Will Messi find the back of the net for the first time in Argentina’s third match?

Jorge Sampaoli’s men need a win and hope Iceland lose to Croatia if they are to keep their World Cup dreams alive.

If Croatia beat Iceland in their clash – Nigeria only need a point to progress to the knockout stages of the tournament.

Team news

It is believed under-fire boss Jorge Sampaoli will still lead his team despite their disastrous start to the World Cup.

There have been numerous reports that despite Sampoli still being the manager – he has no role in selecting the final XI.

The players are understood to have gone over his head and went to general manager Jorge Burruchaga and that he will help with the team selection.

Nigerian captain John Mikel Obi sustained a fractured hand during their 2-0 win over Iceland but head coach Gernot Rohr still thinks he could take to the field to face the South American team.

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It is believed under-fire boss Jorge Sampaoli will still lead his team despite their disastrous start to the World Cup.

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What are the players saying?

Javier Mascherano (Argentina): “The relationship with [Jorge] Sampaoli is totally normal, but if we feel uncomfortable, we will raise it, otherwise we would be hypocrites.

“The opposite would be to harm the team, we must seek the collective benefit, we are 23, also those of the squad.

“We are not playing well and we take charge of the results.”

Leon Balogun (Nigeria): “The Argentina fans are very unhappy so the team owes the nation.

“I think they haven’t found their form yet and they haven’t found Messi as well.

“They’re very dependent. They always have been.

“If you look at their qualifying campaign you can see that Messi was the one who took them to the World Cup.

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“You have to be very patient and definitely you need to be disciplined defensively.

“You have to close all the passes, or as many as possible, to Messi to leave him out of the game – but then at the same time take out the rest of their amazing qualities so it’s not going to be an easy one.”

Predicted line-ups

Nigeria: Uzoho; Omeruo, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Ebuehi; Mikel, Ndidi; Moses, Etudo, Musa; Iheanacho

Argentina: Caballero; Salvio, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; Mascherano, Perez; Di Maria, Messi, Dybala; Higuain

Victor Moses is Nigeria’s greatest asset


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