Football fans around the World are set to divide into two groups as Brazil and Argentina are ready to fight against each other in the World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday. This time, Brazil will host the World Champions at the Iconic Maracana Stadium.
The two sides are more than desperate to get back onto the winning track following their shock defeats last time out. Colombia stunned the Selecao in their most recent game as Luis Diaz completed his brace in the final 20 minutes to register a thrilling victory. At the same time, Uruguay ended Argentina’s 14-match winning streak by defeating the World Champions by 2-0.
Stats & Facts
- Apart from the defeat against Uruguay, Argentina have done pretty well after the World Cup. They won eight of their nine games following their World Cup glory. The Albiceleste are still at the top of the table with 12 points, two points ahead of Uruguay.
- Meanwhile, Brazil’s recent form is not going well. Although they started the Qualifier Round with back-to-back wins, the Selecao are winless in their last three matches. Following their draw against Venezuela, they lost two matches in a row. As a result, Brazil are in 5th in the point table.
- Brazil are also winless in their last three meetings with Argentina. They suffered two defeats, including the famous Copa America Final, and tied one.
Injury has been a major concern for Brazil boss Diniz. Poster boy Neymar Jr has been ruled out due to injury and is unavailable at least for six months. Furthermore, Vinicius Junior also has been ruled out for his hamstring injury.
After recovering from the injury, he played a few games for Real Madrid. But he got injured once again while playing for Brazil in their last game. Ederson, Casemiro, Eder Militao, and Danilo are also unavailable due to injuries. However, Gabriel Jesus has returned to training and is ready to play against Argentina.
As for Argentina, they have no more new injury cases. But Lionel Scaloni is likely to make a few changes in the squad for Tuesday’s game. Angel Di Maria is the favorite to start instead of Nicholas Gonzalez. Lautaro Martinez could also return to the starting XI, replacing Julian Alvarez.
“I have decided on the team, but I haven’t told them yet, so I’m going to do that first. There is a chance that Di María will be a starter, like the rest of his teammates. The idea is not to touch the team too much. , but there will surely be some change,” Lionel Scaloni said in the press conference.
Possible Lineup for Brazil:
Alisson; Emerson, Marquinhos, Magalhaes, Lodi; Guimaraes, Andre, Luiz; Rodrygo, Martinelli, Raphinha
Possible Lineup for Argentina:
E Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico; De Paul, Mac Allister, Fernandez; Messi, L Martinez, Di Maria
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