Your complete guide to the Argentina and Australia match in the World Cup

All you need to know about the World Cup round of 16 match between Argentina and Australia

After a tumultuous two weeks of World Cup group stage action, the knockout stages are set to begin tomorrow. The Argentina vs Australia match will be the second match of the day.

Groups have hosted some of the World Cup’s biggest upsets, with Thursday’s spectacle involving Germany, Spain, Costa Rica and Japan certainly going down in history as the former were knocked out at the group stage for the second time in a row. Meanwhile, Argentina could not have started their tournament worse after being narrowly defeated by Saudi Arabia, but Lionel Messi’s hopes are still alive after winning the remaining matches and finishing top of Group C.

Australia managed two excellent performances themselves as they cruised into qualification with wins over Tunisia and Denmark to finish second in Group D. The Australians have only reached the first round on one occasion – finishing against Croatia and Japan. At the 2006 World Cup and later lost to Italy in the first knockout round.

As Argentina prepare to face Australia this weekend, Lionel Scaloni’s side will be hoping they can avoid another upset and advance to the quarter-finals, with a possible clash against the Netherlands or the USA. Here’s everything you need to know about tomorrow’s game.

What time is the Argentina vs Australia match?

Argentina will play tomorrow (Saturday, December 3) with Australia in the second qualifying match for the World Cup, to start at seven in the evening. This is the second of two matches tomorrow, with the Netherlands and the United States kicking off the round of 16 at 3pm. The confrontation will be held at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, where it will host the final match of the tournament, after previously witnessing five matches in the group stage.

How do you watch on tv

UK broadcast rights for the World Cup are shared between the BBC and ITV this winter, and tomorrow’s matches are set to be shown live on the BBC. The Argentina-Australia match will be broadcast on BBC One, with coverage following the conclusion of the Netherlands-USA match. ans can also watch the action via the BBC iPlayer app or the BBC Sport website on your mobile phone or tablet.

Team news

Argentina don’t have any new injury concerns to worry about, but Scaloni could be looking to switch sides given the quick turnaround between matches. Lisandro Martinez missed the victory over Poland but could return to the starting line-up, while Nicolas Tagliafico will target his first start since the defeat to Saudi Arabia. Enzoernandes’ impressive appearances in their first two matches this weekend are likely to be rewarded, while Lautaro Martinez and Julian Alvarez are likely to vie for a place in attack alongside Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi.

Meanwhile, Australia are unlikely to make many changes to the side that beat Denmark, with Nathaniel Atkinson andran Karadjic fighting to return to the line-up. Keanu Backus enjoyed an impressive second-half appearance last time out and could make his first tournament start in place of Craig Goodwin.