Brazil vs Argentina
International Friendly Match
Date: Friday, 9th June 2017
Kick off at 11:05 UK/ 12:05 CET
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground.
There is no international rivalry in football to match the one between Brazil and Argentina.
The arch-rivals will play a friendly match this Friday in Australia to test their form ahead of qualifying challenges in late August.
Selecao is the first team to have secured the appearance at World Cup 2018 in Russia as the amazing streak of ten wins in 14 fixtures sees them nine points clear at the top of the standings in South American WC Qualification campaign.
Tite thus decided to give an earlier rest to his star men and excuse them the long trip to Australia. This includes four standard regulars in the likes of Neymar, Firmino, Marcelo and Dani Alves.
Unlike the arch-rivals, Argentina have had a very turbulent campaign. This is why the federation decided to replace Edgardo Bauza with former head coach of Sevilla, Jorge Sampaoli.
The new manager will count on all of his star players on his debut including Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala.
Los Gauchos will be much more motivated to boost up the confidence ahead of the final part of WC Qualification.
Brazil vs Argentina: Head to head
The Argentines will have even greater motive to stop Brazil’s domination in head to head meetings.
Selecao won three of last five H2H meetings including a magnificent display from the qualifier in November last year when Neymar, Coutinho and Paulinho were on target in a demolishing 3-0 win.
Brazil vs Argentina: Prediction
Even though Brazil enjoyed much better form over the last couple of months, Argentina simply have to come out victorious under these circumstances.
Los Gauchos will have the full squad available and they will be much more motivated to get the positive result under the new head coach.
Brazil vs Argentina: Bet Tips
The top bet will be Argentina to win at 2.60 odds by Bet365
The second pick is Lionel Messi to score anytime 2.00.