Argentina look to seal FIFA World Cup 2022 spot against rivals Brazil - get head-to-head and predictions
Argentina (ARG) host arch-rivals Brazil (BRA) in their upcoming CONMEBOL FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier match at the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario on Wednesday, November 17. The match will kick off at 5:00 AM IST.
Under the tutelage of head coach Lionel Scaloni, La Albiceleste head into the Superclásico de las Américas on the back of a 1-0 win over Uruguay on Saturday courtesy of a superb goal from Paris Saint-Germain forward Angel Di Maria.
Argentina are currently on a 26-match unbeaten streak and will seal a direct spot in next year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar if they defeat Brazil and two of Uruguay, Chile and Colombia fail to register a victory in their respective matches on Wednesday. With 28 points from 12 matches, Lionel Messi’s side are currently placed second in the CONMEBOL FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier standings.
On the other hand, Brazil became the first South American team to book their place in the FIFA World Cup 2022 as Seleção secured a 1-0 victory against Colombia on Friday. Along with Argentina, Tite’s Brazil have been unbeaten in the ongoing World Cup qualifiers, winning 11 of their 12 matches while one match ended in a draw.
Having registered 34 points from 12 matches, Brazil are leading the standings and are six points clear of Argentina.
Argentina vs Brazil head-to-head record in international football
Brazil hold a slight advantage against nemesis Argentina, winning 46 of the 112 matches that they have played so far. Argentina have secured 41 victories while 25 matches have ended in draws.
The last time Argentina faced Brazil was in the Copa America 2021 final when La Albiceleste secured a 1-0 win to claim their first international silverware in 28 years.
Argentina vs Brazil matches: 112
Argentina wins: 41
Brazil wins: 46
ARG vs BRA Dream11 Prediction
Argentina have had the upper hand against Brazil in recent matches, winning three of their last five matches. Furthermore, Argentina host Brazil for the first time since claiming the Copa America title and will have the extra motivation to seal their place in next year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Going by recent form and home advantage, Argentina will have a slight edge over their arch-rivals on Wednesday.
ARG vs BRA Dream11 team tips for CONMEBOL World Cup 2022 qualifiers
Top tip: Best forward
Argentina national football team captain Lionel Messi is expected to return to the starting XI after recovering from a knee injury. The 34-year-old has been in scintillating form for La Albiceleste, netting six goals in the ongoing World Cup qualifiers. Messi is once again likely to be the key player for Argentina against Brazil at the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario.
Top tip: Best midfielder
Lucas Paqueta has been one of the standout players for Brazil in the CONMEBOL FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The 24-year-old Lyon midfielder controlled the tempo of the match against Colombia on Friday and also scored an important goal to help Brazil seal their place in next year’s World Cup. Paqueta will look to continue his impressive form against Argentina on Wednesday.
Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper
In the defence, one must pick PSG defender Marquinhos in your fantasy football team. The 27-year-old has been instrumental in holding together the Brazilian defence in the qualifiers and is a major reason why they’ve conceded just four goals in 12 qualifier matches so far.
For the goalkeeper spot, Argentina’s Emiliano Martinez pips Alisson Becker of Brazil. Martinez once again produced match-winning saves against Uruguay on Saturday to help Argentina secure maximum points and he will have an important role to play against a strong Brazilian attack.
ARG vs BRA probable playing XI
ARG probable XI (4-2-3-1): Emiliano Martinez (goalkeeper); Nahuel Montiel, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcus Acuna; Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul; Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi (captain), Giovani Lo Celso; Lautaro Martinez
BRA probable XI (4-3-3): Alisson Becker (goalkeeper); Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva (captain), Alex Sandro; Gerson, Fabinho, Lucas Paqueta; Raphinha, Gabriel Jesus, Vinicius Jr
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