Thursday, November 10, 2016

Brazil vs Argentina - Competition: WC Qualification South America 

Brazil team started the CONMEBOL qualifying campaign in a miserable ay, winning just two of their first six games. Their qualification to Russia 2018 is under threat and manager Carlos Dunga was replaced by former Corinthians coach Tite. Since then, the Seleçao recorded four straight wins, moving them up to the top of the qualifying group, 1 point clear off the second placed Uruguay.
Brazil welcome back Neymar after he missed last time out and the Barcelona star should start as offensive winger. Philippe Coutinho is likely to get the nod over Willian and Roberto Firmino out wide while Giuliano is likely to replace Paulinho. Gabriel Jesus continues to impress on the International stage and is expected to spearhead the attack in a 4-1-4-1 formation. Casemiro and Fernandinho are in contention for a starting berth as difensive midfielder.  
Argentina team are on a poor run of form. In the previous round, they dropped to sixth position in the qualifying group after losing 0-1 at home to Paraguay. The Albiceleste is winless in their last three matches as they needed a late rally to salvage a 2-2 draw in Venezuela before to squander a lead against Peru in the following game. Argentina boast the 2nd best defensive record in South America but things are not going well in attack. For a side with seemingly endless firepower, they have only netted 11 goals in 10 games so far.
The positive news for new manager Edgardo Bauza is that Messi is back in the mix and is set to partner Higuain up front. In midfield, Guido Pizarro could start if Lucas Biglia fails to prove his fitness. Enzo Pérez or even full-back Júlio Buffarini will provide support to Pablo Zabaleta on the right. Sergio Aguero is likely to be benched while Mauro Icardi, top scorer in the Serie A, has not been named.

Brazil last 5 matches:
13/06/16 Brazil 0 – 1 Peru
01/09/16 Ecuador 0 – 3 Brazil
07/09/16 Brazil 2 – 1 Colombia
07/10/16 Brazil 5 – 0 Bolivia
12/10/16 Venezuela 0 – 2 Brazil

Argentina last 5 matches:
27/06/16 Argentina 0 – 0 P Chile
02/09/16 Argentina 1 – 0 Uruguay
07/09/16 Venezuela 2 – 2 Argentina
07/10/16 Peru 2 – 2 Argentina
12/10/16 Argentina 0 – 1 Paraguay

Date: 10 November 2016
Kick-off Time: 23:45 GMT
Venue: Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto


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