One of the favourites for the 2014 World Cup, Argentina is set for a round of 16 encounter against Switzerland later tonight. Both teams have looked solid in the group stages with Argentina topping Group F, winning all their matches, while Switzerland was placed second in the Group E.
Argentina is expected to defeat the Swiss and walk into the
quarter-finals, but the Argentineans are not going to take it easy
against the Swiss. In the round of 16 fixtures played so far,
favourites such as Brazil, Netherlands and Germany had their task cut
out playing against lower ranked teams. Argentina would be aware of
the threat the Swiss team possess as well.
Switzerland not expected to win the game, it could possibly get the
best out of the Swiss players as compared to the Germans who would be
under severe pressure. The Swiss would be highly dependent on Xherdan
Shaqiri, who has been in great form, even scoring a hat-trick in
their last game. The Argentineans are aware of the skills he possess
and need to keep the player on the check else Argentina could be in
for a lot of trouble.
the contrary, Shaqiri needs some of his other team mates as well to
perform during the night, if they are to create an upset in the
competition. But history suggests otherwise, as Argentina has played
the Swiss seven times and have not even lost once.
Germans would like to maintain the same record in this world cup as
well and with top quality players in their squad such as Messi,
Higuain, Do Maria etc, they are sure to create enough chances for
themselves and their team to help Argentina score and progress into
the business end of the competition.
would be missing the services of their striker, Sergio Aguero, but
such is their squad's depth that Aguero would be replaced by another
lethal striker from Paris Saint Germain, Ezequiel Lavezzi.