Argentina coach Diego Armando Maradona has returned to his favoured attacking trio after having changed things in the Albiceleste’s last group game against Greece.
Maxi Rodriguez is the surprise in midfield as the Liverpool man gets the nod ahead of Juan Sebastian Veron. Walter Samuel is the key absence at the back; 'The Wall' is set to be replaced by Roma stopper Nicolas Burdisso.
Mexico coach Javier Aguirre has opted to start with Adolfo Bautista in the forward line while Carlos Vela and veteran Cuauhtémoc Blanco both start from the bench.
The line-ups are as follows:
Argentina v Mexico
Romero; Otamendi, Demichelis, Burdisso, Heinze; Maxi Rodriguez, Mascherano, De Maria; Messi; Higuain, Tevez
O.Perez; Juarez, Osorio, Maza Rodriguez, Salcido; G.dos Santos, Marquez, Torrado, Guardando; Hernandez, Bautista