Argentina are looking to push on and set up a possible final match-up against Brazil. In the meantime, they will need to get past a temperamental Switzerland side.
Argentina vs Switzerland – Tuesday, July 1 @ 12pm:
Argentina are favorites in this one, however, the Swiss will not be easy pushovers for them. While Switzerland started out slowly, they really turned it on in their third match which included a Xherdan Shaqiri hat trick.
Now that the knockout rounds are here Switzerland could surprise a lot of people. Argentina has not looked overly impressive despite winning all three of their matches. They do look like a team that can be locked down and frustrated, but can provide a moment of brilliance from the likes of Lionel Messi.
My prediction is an Argentina win, but I would not be surprised by a Switzerland draw or win. This could easily be another match that goes to penalties. The problem for both sides will be in their defense. Both teams have had difficulties there, although the Swiss will mostly likely have a further weakened back line.
Possible Starting Lineups:
Argentina (4-1-2-1-2): Romero; Zabaleta, Fernandez, Garay, Rojo; Gago, Mascherano; di Maria; Messi; Higuain, Levezzi
Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Benaglio; Lichtsteiner, Senderos, Djourou, Rodriguez; Behrami, Inler; Xhaka, Shaqiri, Mehmedi; Drmic