That damn Octopus is at it again!
Argentina star Lionel Messi is expected to play against Germany despite missing training on Thursday with a cold.
Walter Samuel has recovered from a thigh problem but is not expected to displace Nicolas Burdisso or Martin Demichelis at centre-back.
Germany’s counter-attacking prowess could persuade coach Diego Maradona to replace winger Angel Di Maria with the more defensive-minded Jonas Gutierrez.
Maradona must also choose between Maxi Rodriguez and veteran Juan Veron.
Germany will assess Lukas Podolski, who is nursing a muscular problem.
Playmaker Mesut Ozil is expected to start despite skipping training on Thursday due to fatigue.
Striker Cacau is still suffering from a strained abdominal muscle, and is unlikely to be involved.
One booking from suspension: Bolatti, Heinze, Mascherano (Argentina); Friedrich, Khedira, Lahm, Ozil, Muller, Schweinsteiger (Germany). (BBC Sport)
Two old World Cup enemies come face to face in Cape Town with Diego Maradona’s Argentine side taking on Joachim Low’s German contingent in what is a repeat of so many previous high profile encounters. These two sides bet in both the 1986 and 1990 finals with both sides registering a crucial win a piece. It would take a brave man to predict who will survive triumphant from this battle.
Highlights of previous World Cup 2010 games these two have taken part in.
Argentina 3-1 Mexico
Germany 4-1 England