Argentina vs Saudi Arabia live stream and match preview, Tuesday 22 November, 10am GMT
Argentina vs Saudi Arabia live stream and match preview
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This Group C opener will be the first time people can lay eyes on one of Argentina’s pre-tournament favorites, and anything other than a convincing win might cause some to revise their initial predictions. With Lionel Messi likely appearing in his final World Cup, it’s essential to watch him every minute possible on the biggest stage – no longer take his magic for granted.
Saudi Arabia lost their 2018 World Cup opener to Russia 5-0, so they hope to give Qatar a better account of themselves. Shutting out Messi and the rest of the Argentina squad will bring plenty of joy to the local Asian nation – and a goal could send them raving. They couldn’t, could they?
Either way, this game will be fascinating. Anything other than an Argentina victory will excite Brazilian fans even more, while a Saudi result would go down in history as one of the greatest matches of the World Cup.
The kick-off is given at 10:00 GMT. Make sure you know how to watch the 2022 World Cup wherever you are.
The Argentina team is full of exceptional talent and any number of players could start their opener. Lionel Messi is a shoo-in, while Lautaro Martinez is most likely to start up front. Nicolas Otamendi and Cristian Romero are boss Lionel Scaloni’s favorite centre-backs ahead of the tournament, but Lisandro Martinez’s form at Manchester United certainly puts that into consideration.
Saudi Arabia have used a large part of their squad to play three pre-World Cup warm-up games, with coach Hervé Renard preferring a striker up front and a variation of three midfielders and two wide.
Mohammed Al Owais in goal appears to be the dream keeper, while two of the following three players will start in central defence: Abdulelah Al Amri, Hassan Tambakti and Ali Al Bulaihi. Abdulellah Al Malki in central midfield, Nasser Al-Dawsari at left wing and Firas al-Buraikan in attack appear to be the only other positions nailed down ahead of the opener.
Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico; DePaul, Paredes, Papu Gomez; Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Di Maria
Saudi Arabia (4-3-3)
Alowais; Abdulhamid, Altambakti, Albulayhi, Alshahrani; Kanno, Almalki, Alfaraj; Albrikan, Alsheri, Aldawasari
Argentina finished second in World Cup qualifying behind Brazil, although they remained unbeaten throughout the 17 games they played (their last match against Brazil was postponed and then called off). A win will only be enough for the 2021 Copa America champions, no less and expect national outrage for one of the pre-tournament favourites.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia topped a tough AFC group in the third qualifying round, finishing ahead of Japan and Australia to book their place in Qatar. Although it may not be the most popular game for the Asian nation to start their tournament, Saudi Arabia could see this game as a free kick, with a view to taking points later in the group against Mexico and Poland . Keeping the score low, however, will be essential.
The referee for Argentina v Saudi Arabia has not been announced. You can find out more about the 2022 World Cup referees here.
Argentina v Saudi Arabia will be played at the iconic 80,000 seater Lusail Stadium in Al Daayen. Take a look at all the 2022 World Cup stadiums and see how they rank.
Players to watch / key battles
Of course, there’s only one man to talk about when it comes to Argentina: Lionel Messi. The PSG star has returned to brilliant form this season in France and is ready to tear apart Saudi Arabia. The Asian nation will have to focus harder than they have ever done if they are to prevent Messi & Co from scoring against them – Lautaro Martinez, Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria will all be waiting in the wings to appear too.
Saudi Arabia will be looking to inflict their own damage on Argentina through highly decorated winger Salem Al Dawsari. He won the 2021 AFC Champions League MVP award and is capable of taking on any defender on his day.
Learn more about Argentina and Saudi Arabia’s full squads for the 2022 World Cup.
Table of group X
Kick off and chain
Argentina v Saudi Arabia kick off 10:00 GMT on tuesday november 22 United Kingdom. The game is free to watch on ITV 1 and ITV Hub.
In the United States, kick-off time is 5am ET / 2am PT. The match will be broadcast on FOX in the United States. See below for international streaming options.
If you’re out of the country for the 2022 World Cup, you won’t be able to watch on your domestic streaming service as usual. The broadcaster knows where you are thanks to your IP address (boo!) and prevents you from watching it. You can, however, use a VPN to circumvent this, without resorting to the illegal streams you found on Reddit.
A virtual private network (VPN), assuming it complies with your broadcaster’s terms and conditions, creates a private connection between your device and the internet, which means the service cannot determine where you are and will allow you to watch. And all information exchanged is fully encrypted, anonymous and safe – and that’s a result.
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World Cup 2022 International TV Rights
All games in the UK are either on the BBC or on ITV.
Fox is the rights holder for the World Cup in the United States. Games are on Fox or FS1 cable channels.
If you don’t have cable, you can use services like Sling and FuboTV to get Fox channels. You can also watch the matches on Peacock TV with Spanish commentary.
TSN shows every game. You can subscribe to direct streaming or get it as part of your cable package.
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As in the UK, coverage of the 2022 World Cup is completely free. You can watch all 64 matches on the SBS TV channel and stream them online as well with SBS On Demand.
Paying provider Sky Sports is the rights holder for the 2022 World Cup in New Zealand. You can watch as part of your Sky subscription or grab a Sky Now TV pass. There is also a 7-day free trial.