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Argentina forward Sergio Aguero will be unavailable for selection as he is now set to miss the rest of the tournament after hobbling off with a thigh injury from their dramatic 3-2 victory over Nigeria in the last game of group F.

Despite this, manager Alejandro Sabella has a wealth of attacking talent to choose from, with the exciting Ezequiel Lavezzi set to join Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain and the inspirational Lionel Messi in a very threatening attacking line.

Messi expectation

The heavy weight of of expectancy will once again fall on the Messi shoulders, with the hope of him adding to his prolific tally of four goals in three matches, which helped carry Argentina to win their group. 

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By contrast, Switzerland experienced a mixed group phase which resulted in them finishing second despite a damaging 5-2 defeat at the hands of France.

Xherdan Shaqiri will once again support lone striker Josip Drmic, while winger Granit Xhaka keeps his place on the right-hand side of midfield.

The team line-ups have been confirmed:

Argentina: Romero, Garay, Zabaleta, Gago, Di maria, Higuain, Messi, Mascherano, Rojo, Fernandez, Lavezzi.

Switzerland: Benaglio, lichsteiner, Inler, Xhaka, Behrami, Rodriguez, Mehmedi, Drmic, Djourou, Schar, Shaquiri.

Prediction

Argentina go into this game as big favourites to progress and do not seem to be holding anything back. They are once again set to start with a 4-3-3 formation. The impact of bringing in another midfielder could well mix things up by switching to 4-4-2 formation. this diverse strategy may rattle the Swiss.

Switzerland, however seemed to have learnt from their mistakes from their group game against France, with a convincing final group game against Honduras. they will no doubt attempt to play the counter attack football against the possession game of the Argentines.

Stop Messi

Sabella's men will have to be wary of the swiss with the likes of Shaquiri and front man Drmic proving clinical in their last game. Th main focus will be once again be on Messi's magic though, as the world watches on in excitement. Can he keep producing?

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