Argentina begin their World Cup campaign against first-time qualifiers Iceland in Moscow on Saturday afternoon.

Lionel Messi might be an undisputed legend for Barcelona but his relationship with Argentine fans is somewhat different and he is bidding to prove he is on a par with Diego Maradona by guiding La Albiceleste to glory in Russia.

And his side will be confident of being able to begin with three points. However they will be aware of the threat minnows Iceland hold – not least thanks to their display at the 2016 European Championships.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the Argentina side it believes will start the game.

Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.

And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game. You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.

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