With less than 48 hours to go till the fateful match against Mexico on Sunday, Argentina has confirmed a starting line-up and a formation quite similar to the one fielded against S. Korea.
There will, however, be a key modification, with Nicolás Otamendi coming in for Jonás Gutiérrez at right-back, which is no doubt due to Gutiérrez's difficulties covering that flank in earlier matches. Maradona will have noticed Mexico's tendency to play down the wings as well.
This line-up will also exclude the veteran Juan S. Verón; Maxi Rodríguez will take up the spot on the right side of midfield.
This should makes for more balance on Argentina's right flank, but could leave Mascherano—who will be seeking to avoid yellow-card trouble —out-manned in center-midfield.
Here's how it will look:
Otamendi Demichelis Burdisso Heinze
M. Rodríguez Mascherano Di María
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