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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 opening game of Group C will be the first time people will get to lay their eyes on one of the pre-tournament favourites in Argentina, and anything other than a convincing win might cause a few to revise their original predictions. With Lionel Messi likely appearing in his final World Cup, watching every minute possible of him on the biggest stage is essential – don’t take his wizardry for granted any longer.

Saudi Arabia lost their opening game of the 2018 World Cup against Russia 5-0, meanwhile, so will be hoping to give a better account of themselves in Qatar. Shutting out Messi and the rest of Argentina’s team will bring plenty of joy to the local Asian nation – and a goal could send them into delirium. They couldn’t, could they?

Regardless, this game will be fascinating. Anything other than an Argentina win will get Brazilian fans even more excited, while a Saudi Arabia result would go down in history of one of the greatest World Cup matches. 

Kick-off is at 10am GMT. Make sure you know how to watch World Cup 2022 wherever you are.

Team news

The Argentina squad is littered with outstanding talent, and any number of players could start their opening game. Lionel Messi is a shoo-in, while Lautaro Martinez is most likely to start up front. Nicolas Otamendi and Cristian Romero is the preferred centre-back pairing for boss Lionel Scaloni ahead of the tournament, but Lisandro Martinez’s form at Manchester United certainly brings him into consideration. 

Saudi Arabia have used plenty of their squad playing three warm-up games prior to the World Cup, with manager Herve Renard preferring one striker up front and a variation of three midfielders and two wide-men. 

Mohammed Al Owais in goal seems the fancied keeper, while two of the following three players will start centre-back: 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 up front seem the only other positions nailed on ahead of the opening game. 

Form

Argentina finished second in World Cup qualifying behind Brazil, although they went unbeaten throughout the 17 games they played (their final fixture against Brazil was postponed and then subsequently cancelled). A win will only suffice for the Copa America 2021 champions, anything less and expect national outrage for one of the pre-tournament favourites.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia topped a difficult AFC group in the third round of qualifying, finishing ahead of both Japan and Australia to book their place in Qatar. While this isn’t the most welcome of games for the Asian nation to start their tournament, Saudi Arabia could see this fixture as a free hit, with an eye on taking points later in the group against Mexico and Poland. Keeping the score low will be essential, though. 

Referee

The referee for Argentina vs Saudi Arabia haven’t been announced. You can find out more about the World Cup 2022 referees here.

Stadium

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia will be played at the 80,000 seater Lusail Iconic Stadium in Al Daayen. Take a look at all of the World Cup 2022 stadiums and see how it ranks.

Players to watch / key battles

Of course, there is only one man worth talking about when it comes to Argentina: Lionel Messi. The PSG star has rediscovered some brilliant form this season in France, and is ready to tear Saudi Arabia apart. The Asian nation will have to concentrate harder than they’ve ever concentrated if they are to stop Messi and Co from scoring against them – Lautaro Martinez, Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria will all be waiting in the wings to pop up themselves, too.

Saudi Arabia will be looking to inflict damage of their own on Argentina through highly-decorated winger Salem Al Dawsari. He won the 2021 AFC Champions League MVP award, and is capable of taking any defender on on his day. 

Read more about the full Argentina and Saudi Arabia full World Cup 2022 squads.

Group X table

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Group C table
Team P W L D Pts
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0
Poland 0 0 0 0 0
Saudi Arabia 0 0 0 0 0

Kick-off and channel

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia kick-off is at 10am GMT on Tuesday November 22 in the UK. The game is free to watch on ITV 1 and ITV Hub.

In the US, kick-off time is 5am ET / 2am PT. The match will be shown on FOX in the US. See below for international broadcast options.

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A Virtual Private Network (VPN), assuming it complies with your broadcaster’s T&Cs, creates a private connection between your device and t’internet, meaning the service can’t work out where you are and will let you watch. And all the info going between is entirely encrypted, anonymous and safe – and that’s a result.

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International World Cup 2022 TV rights

UK
All of the games in the UK are either on the BBC or ITV.

  • BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) (free)
  • ITV Hub (opens in new tab) (free)

USA
Fox are the World Cup rights holders in the States. Games are on Fox or FS1 cable channels.

If you don’t have cable, you can use services such Sling and FuboTV to get the Fox channels. You can also watch the games on Peacock TV with Spanish commentary.

  • Sling Blue (opens in new tab) ($20 first month)
  • FuboTV (opens in new tab) (7-day free trial)
  • Peacock Premium (opens in new tab) ($5.99/month)

Canada
TSN is showing every game. You can subscribe for direct streaming or get it as part of your cable package.

  • TSN (opens in new tab) ($19.99/mon or $199.90/year)

Australia
As in the UK, coverage of the World Cup 2022 is entirely free to air. You can watch all 64 games on the SBS TV channel and stream it online too with SBS On Demand.

  • SBS On Demand (opens in new tab) (free)

New Zealand
Paid provider Sky Sports are the World Cup 2022 rights holders in New Zealand. You can watch as part of your Sky subscription of pick up a Sky Now TV pass. There is also a 7-day free trial.

  • Sky Sport Now (opens in new tab) ($19.99 / $39.99)