While their campaign stared in the worst possible fashion against Saudi Arabia, there is a growing feeling this Argentine side are growing into the tournament. Messi’s goal against Mexico changed the mood and their performance against Poland was much-improved, raising the level of confidence.
For the Socceroos, progression from a group also containing France and Denmark has to be considered a success. Back into the knockout rounds for the first time since 2006, manager Graham Arnold and his team have nothing to lose.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Date, kick-off time and venue
The World Cup round-of-16 game is scheduled for a 7pm GMT kick-off time on Saturday December 3, 2022.
The Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan will host.
Where to watch Argentina vs Australia
TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised free-to-air and live on BBC One, with coverage beginning at 6.20pm.
Live stream: Fans can also catch the game live online via the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website.
LIVE coverage: Follow all of the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.
Argentina vs Australia team news
Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni has complained about the tight turnaround in games, though did get a chance to rest some players against Poland.
Lautaro Martinez could come back in for Julian Alvarez, while Enzo Fernandez is also pushing for a start.
For Australia, there is little in the way of fresh injury problems at this stage.
Argentina vs Australia prediction
While Australia have been pretty resolute defensively since their loss to France, Messi and company will surely have too much. Even if the Socceroos drop deep, Argentina have the tools to hurt them from range.
Argentina to win 2-0.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Argentina wins: 5
Australia wins: 1
Argentina vs Australia latest odds
Argentina to win: 2/11
Australia to win: 17/1
Odds via Betfair and subject to change.