Brazil vs Argentina Match Preview: History will be re-written; records will be updated; when two footballing giants from South America will lock horns at the Belo Horizonte within a week’s time. This time the arch-rivals will be clashing for a place in the World Cup finals scheduled to be held in Russia in 2018. The upcoming Brazil vs Argentina tie will be the 103rdmeeting between these two nations honours are evenly shared in their previous 102 ties.
Brazil vs Argentina World Cup 2018 Qualifier: History of the Clash
In the previous 102 Brazil vs Argentina meetings neither team has managed to get the upper hand in this battle of supremacy as both teams have managed to win 36 times. 25 times these two nations have ended in a stalemate, many of those witnessing some fierce encounters. However, Argentina has the edge over the Selecao in goal difference as they have managed to put the ball in the back of the net for 152 times, while the Brazilians have done it for 148 times.
The first Argentina vs Brazil meeting dates back to September 1914, in which Argentina comprehensively got better of their opponents by a 3-0 scoreline. The historic match took place at Estadio GEBA. Since then these two have come face to face on 95 occasions where there has been no lack of action.
These two teams met for the first time on the biggest stage of the world football, that is, the world cup in Germany in 1974 where Brazil edged past Argentina with a scoreline of 2-1. Rivelino and Jairzinho scored in that historic match although they failed to clinch the trophy ultimately. In their next meeting Argentina being the hosts played out a draw but managed to lift the trophy in the end. In 1982 Brazil once again outplayed Argentina as they found the back of the net thrice through clinical performances from Zico, Serginho and Junior. The world saw a frustrated Maradona being given marching orders in that match. In the fourth and the final meeting in the world cups Maradona’s men took sweet revenge when they beat the Brazilians for the first time in a world cup clash through Claudio Caniggia’s lone goal. Since then, these two teams haven’t come across each other for another occasion in the world’s grandest stage.
In the first world cup qualifying game between them before the 2002 World Cup, which was co-hosted by Korea and Japan, Brazil made it look easy with a 3-1 win. In the last Brazil vs Argentina meeting which also was a world cup qualifying game, the teams played out a 0-0 stalemate in Buenos Aires.
In the last ten encounters the stats reveal the battle has been neck to neck with Brazil managing to win 4 times and Argentina 3 times while the rest of the matches have ended in a draw.
Besides this battle between the teams, there will be small battles among the players as well. Lionel Messi, who made a comeback after announcing his retirement from the international arena, will be up against his Barcelona teammate Neymar which is definitely going to be a battle worth watching. The golden boy from Brazil will look forward to prove his mettle yet again while Messi will have the pressure of taking his team over the line on his shoulder. Besides that, players like Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria are also expected to take the field in the upcoming Superclasico de las America.
Also this Argentina vs Brazil match will see the hosts returning to Belo Horizonte, the stadium where they were thoroughly outplayed by Germany back in 2014 FIFA World Cup. The home crowd was shocked to see the rampant German side putting 7 past the 5-time world champions. The scoreline read 7-1, and many spectators were seen to be crying ceaselessly during that match. Well, this will give them an opportunity to amends for the loss of glory that they had in that match. If they can manage to win against Argentina in this qualifier, it will be some sort ofa restoration of the lost glory, although that scar of 7-1 defeat can never be removed. Not only that Argentina will also be looking to bring the head-to-head equation in their favour. So there will be no lack of incentive for either teamif they can come out victorious in this match.
Brazil vs Argentina FIFA 2018 Qualifier: Team News
There are lots of Brazilians and Argentine players across who have been playing at this moment across various leagues in different countries. Most of them have been the first choice players on their respective sides. But when it comes to the team selection of the national teams many well-known identities fail to make the cut. Players like Danilo from Brazil who is a regular Real Madrid player has failed to make the cut, Argentina’s Erik Lamela, the Spurs man, has not been kept in contention for this Argentina vs Brazil match.
For Argentina Lionel Messi, Higuain and Angel Di Maria have been named in the first eleven. The midfield will be handled by Perez, Biglia, Mascherano and Di Maria. Lionel Messi will begin in the attacking line along with Napoli man Gonzalo Higuain. Sergio Aguero has been left out of the playing eleven and might be used if required later on in the match. The defence will be taken care by Pablo Zabaleta, Otamendi, Funes Mori and Mas as the twitter handle of the Argentina’s national football team has posted.
For Brazil, Neymar, Fernandinho, Coutinho and Raphael Augusto look to confirmed to be the named in the starting eleven. There is no confirmation regarding the first eleven though. Douglas Costa might just have to sit outside the playing eleven. Dani Alves and Marcelo will play in the wing back positions while Miranda and Marquinhos will slot at the centre back position. Fernandinho, who has been in sublime form, might get an opportunity in the first team. Willian might well just sit out on the bench.
Brazil (probable line-up): (4-3-2-1) Alisson, D.Alves, Miranda, Marquinhos, Marcelo, Fernandinho, Paulinho, R.Augusto; Coutinho, Neymar and G.Jesus
Argentina: (4-4-2) Romero, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Funes Mori, Mas, Perez, Biglia, Mascherano, Di Maria, Messi and Higuain.
Brazil vs Argentina FIFA 2018 Qualifier: Match Details
Date: November 10, 2016
Venue: Estadio Mineirao
Kick-off Time: 05:15 AM IST (next day)
Brazil vs Argentina World Cup 2018 Qualifier: TV Guide and Live Streaming
TV Listings: Match will be telecasted live in India only on Sony Six and Sony Six HD.
Online Streaming: Live streaming will be available in India on various websites.
Who will hog the limelight; who will become the hero; will the two teams share the spoil- only time will tell. Till then keep your eyes on this for further updates on Brazil vs ArgentinaWorld Cup 2018 Qualifier, the Superclasico de las America