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FIFA World Cup 2010: Argentina's Starting Lineup Vs. Mexico Confirmed

POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 22:  Loukas Vyntra of Greece challenges Nicolas Otamendi of Argentina during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group B match between Greece and Argentina at Peter Mokaba Stadium on June 22, 2010 in Polokwane, South Africa.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Esteban SabbatassoCorrespondent IJune 25, 2010

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



          Higuaín           Tévez


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