Brazil will have revenge on their mind as they set out to face arch rival Argentina in a World Cup qualifier, a rematch of the 2021 Copa América final on July 10. Lionel Messi and Argentina clinched a surprise 1-0 victory at Brazil’s Maracana Stadium to win their first men’s title of any kind since 1993.
Argentina may have won the South American championship, but it is the Brazilians who lead the South American World Cup standings with a perfect record of 7-0-0 (21 points), six points ahead of second place Argentina (4-0- 3). , 15 points). Brazil’s last win was a 1-0 win in Chile, but Selecao faces the September qualifiers without 11 players who were not released by their European clubs for qualification due to quarantine requirements (nine players from the English Premier League and two based in Russia). Replacements were called in in his place and the team did not miss a beat, although Argentina will be a tougher test than Chile.
The Argentines do not have the same roster problems with their four England-based players, who traveled to South America despite the wishes of their clubs. With essentially the same team that won the 2021 Copa América in July, Argentina continued to ride the wave of good results with a convincing 3-1 road win on Thursday in Venezuela. Argentina was helped by a red card in the first half that reduced Venezuela to 10 men, but the Albiceleste were in control of the match and scored goals from three different players to extend their overall unbeaten streak to 21 matches (13-0-8) . .
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All eyes will be on Paris Saint-Germain teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar, who both played 90 minutes on Thursday. They both looked rusty in those matches as they continue their way back to their best form after a long break after the Copa América. Both played their first competitive minutes of the season just a week ago in French Ligue 1.
How to watch: Brazil vs. Argentina
- Date: Sunday September 5
- Weather: 3 pm ET
- Stream: fuboTV
The match will be available exclusively on fuboTV.
The qualifier will take place at Arena Corinthians, also known as Neo Química Arena, in Sao Paulo. After the match was originally approved for 12,000 fans (25 percent capacity), the short lead time to sell tickets and verify testing forced organizers to cancel ticket sales and limit attendance to just 1,500 guests.
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Brazil vs. Argentina: projected lineups
Central Brazil headline Trademarks will be out due to suspension after taking his second yellow card against Chile. His replacement in the central defender will probably be Benfica’s. Lucas Verissimo, who would be making his debut. Coming 37 years Miranda it is also an option.
Tite could also choose to incorporate Everton Ribeiro instead of Vinicius Jr., whose speed could become a solid attacking option from the bench. Gerson, who replaced Bruno Guimaraes against Chile, it is expected to start together housemiro in the central midfield. AND Dani alves (by Danilo) or William arana (by Alex Sandro) could bring some fresh legs in the two side positions).
Brazil projected lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): Weverton-GK – Alex Sandro, Lucas Verissimo, Eder Militao, Danilo – Gerson, Casemiro – Lucas Paqueta, Neymar, Everton Ribeiro – Gabriel Barbosa
Projected Brazilian Subsidiaries (12): Everson-GK, Santos-GK, Dani Alves, Guilherme Arana, Miranda, Leo Ortiz, Edenilson, Bruno Guimaraes, Artur, Matheus Cunha, Hulk, Vinícius Jr
Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni gets Cristian “Cuti” Romero and Leandro Paredes They returned from suspension, and are expected to be in the starting lineup. In his pregame press conference, he promised other changes based on the short response time between games. The Argentine media speculated that they could arrive as a fullback, with Gonzalo montiel and Nicolas Tagliafico get the start.
Argentina’s projected lineup (4-3-3, left to right): Emiliano Martinez – Gonzalo Montiel, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico – Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Giovani Lo Celso – Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martínez, Angel Di Maria
Argentina projected subsidies (12): Juan Musso-GK, Geronimo Rulli-GK, Marcos Acuna, German Pezzella, Lucas Martinez Quarta, Nahuel Molina, Nicolas Dominguez, Guido Rodriguez, Exequiel Palacios, Paulo Dybala, Angel Correa, Joaquin Correa, Nicolas Gonzalez, Alejandro “Papu” Gomez
Brazil vs. Argentina: odds and prediction
The rivalry is real between these two nations, but this game will have a different feel compared to the Copa América final, which was Lionel Messi’s first trophy with Argentina.
Brazil is a bettor’s favorite, but only because they play at home. That home advantage should be canceled in the absence of fans (only 1,500 “guests” will be allowed). More importantly, Brazil is also losing a lot of starting caliber players; suffered through long stretches of Thursday’s game against Chile, once again preferring to pounce on the break and allow the opposition to dictate the game with possession.
Argentina looked like a more cohesive team on Thursday, and they also have a full roster at their disposal. Even if the coach decides to make wholesale changes to the starting lineup, the Argentines have the quality to pull off a victory. Therefore, an Argentina win (+240) or an Argentina bet without a draw (+130) could generate interesting plays.
These teams historically play tight games, but given the status of both teams and possible lineup changes, Sunday’s game could be an anomaly. Goal totals and margins should probably be saved for live betting. That said, a clean sheet from Argentina at +200 (whether in a draw or a win) is appealing, given how short Brazil is in attack.
Prediction: Brazil 0, Argentina 1
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- Brazil to win: +135
- Draw: +210
- Argentina to Win: +240
- Argentina double chance (draw or win): -160
- Argentina draw without bet: +130
- Argentina wins at halftime or full time: +125
- Argentina clean sheet: +200
- Argentina +0.25 Asian Handicap: -115
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.