Lionel Messi v Vincent Kompany
Lionel Messi has single-handedly dragged Argentina through to the quarter-finals. He has bagged four goals and two assists so far and is only one behind current top scorer James Rodriguez. There’s not much more to say other than he is doing what he does best - mazy runs, great passes and superb goals.
Vincent Kompany has shown that not only can he do it at club level but also on the biggest stage there is. He has to be the best defender in the world right now, and Belgium will be happy that they have him to face Messi.
Even for his height and the way he is built, Kompany can move very fast, albeit not as fast as Messi. Kompany will need to use his strength and excellent timing to come out on top of this one. If, and it's a big if, Kompany can keep Messi quiet, then Belgium will have a fantastic chance.
Romelu Lukaku v Ezequiel Garay
Lukaku had to wait till the fourth game and to come on as substitute to finally have his first shot at the World Cup. His third was a goal. After a few poor performances, Lukaku finally sprang to life and when he did, he not only grabbed a goal, but an assist too. The Chelsea striker started to show the kind of performances he was delivering for Everton, using his strength, quick feet and strong shooting.
Garay is not a small guy himself by any means, and is particularly good in the air. He hasn’t quite shown his best just yet at the World Cup, but he hasn’t played bad either.
Angel di Maria v Jan Vertonghen
Di Maria showed against Switzerland that even if he’s having a terrible game and giving the ball away 37 times in 90 minutes, he will never give up.
Vertonghen is having an excellent World Cup, defending well and has scored a goal. However, his propensity to consistently bombard forward could allow Di Maria plenty of room down that wing to attack and exploit.