Brazil vs Argentina / International – Two most popular South American national teams, Brazil and Argentina, are touring Middle East these days and will play a friendly in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday evening, in city of Jeddah. Four days ago the Brazilian won Saudi Arabia 2-0, and the Argentineans Iraq 4-0. The two teams met the last time in Melbourne, Australia last year and Argentina won the friendly 1-0.
Brazil vs Argentina begins16.10.2018 at 20:00 CET
Before that the Brazilian had five-game unbeaten streak against Argentina of four wins and one draw, and were far more successful in qualification for the previous World Cup in Russia, where they got eliminated in the quarter-finals by Belgium. Still, manager Tito saved his job which shouldn’t be surprising since defeat by Belgium was in fact the only one that the Brazilians suffered in last 19 matches. It is interesting that before that they lost again to Argentina, which was the above-mentioned friendly played in Melbourne.
Right because of that the Brazilians will be strongly motivated to revenge to the Argentineans in Jeddah, especially as manager Tito has brought on the Middle East tour a very strong team, led by Neymar. True, defenders Avles, Fagner, T. Silva and Mercelo are missing, just like midfielders Fernandinho and Paulinho, and forwards Willian and Douglas Costa, but even without them Brazil seemed very strong against the Saudies. On top of it, Tito gave chance in the match to almost all reserve players.
Probable lineups Brazil: Alisson – Danilo, Marquinhos, Miranda, Filipe Luis – Fred, Casemiro, Coutinho – Lucas, Jesus, Neymar
We have said in the introduction that the Argentineans prior to match with their biggest rival Brazil had won friendly with Iraq by even 4-0 despite that the team was fairly changed. After very weak performances at the previous World Cup in Russia where were eliminated in the round of 16 the Argentineans brought new head coach, Lionel Scaloni, who immediately introduced number of changes in the national team.
For the time being those changes are brining results, at least in friendlies against Guatemala and Iraq, although they played a goalless draw with Columbia. Scaloni has decided face the Brazilians without some of the team’s biggest stars. He didn’t invite for the tour defenders Mercado, Fazio and Rojo, midfielders Banegai and Lanzini, and forwards Messi, Higuain, Aguero, diMaria and Pavon, and the most is expected from two great stars of the Italian Serie A, Dybala and Icardi.
Probable lineups Argentina: Armani – Bustos, Pezzella, Otamendi, Tagliafico – Lo Celso, Paredes – Salvio, Dybala, Meza– Icardi
Brazil vs Argentina PICK
Although the Argentineans showed more energy under leadership of new manager Scaloni, we nevertheless believe that without Messi and so many other players they have no chance against very good Brazil, which on the other hand is led by football super-star Neymar.
Pick: Brazil wins
Odds: 1.60 at 888sport (down to 1.55 can be played)
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