Brazil is already qualified, but don’t you think, not for a second, that they won’t go all-in against Argentina. Winning El Clasico is about much more than three points, it’s also about pride and prestige. On the other hand, if Argentina wants to keep the first place hopes alive, Lionel Messi & Co. can’t afford to lose.
Three of the qualifiers’ top scorers will be on the field, so you can expect quite a show. Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and soccer betting lines for Argentina vs Brazil. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider!
Competition: Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers
Location: Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, Argentina
Time: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. ET
TV: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
World Cup Qualifiers South America Betting Lines
|Argentina||Pk -135||+150||2 -130o||1½ +180o/-230u|
|Brazil||Pk +105||+200||2 Evu||½ -220o/+175u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 108
- Argentina Victories: 40 (161 goals)
- Brazil Victories: 43 (165 goals)
- Draws: 25
The last time they met, Argentina pulled off a huge upset in Brazil to win the Copa America. A lone goal from Angel Di Maria was enough for La Albiceleste to win the continental tournament for the first time since 1993. I think it’s safe to say that they’re no longer afraid of Brazil.
Regarding the WCQ, they were supposed to meet for the first time in early September. They did, but the game only lasted five minutes. Brazilian health authorities ran into the field and suspended the game. They alleged that four Argentine players had breached the COVID-19 regulations.
That’s not going to happen this time, both are eager to prove who’s the boss. The total went over two goals in three of their last five encounters on the road to a WC. Expect goals, Brazil’s averaging 2.25 goals per game, while Argentina’s averaging 1.6.
Paris Saint-Germain reported that Lionel Messi was injured, but La Pulga still traveled to join Argentina’s national team and played! He came off the bench to help the team beat Uruguay and remain unbeaten.
They currently sit in second place with 28 points thanks to an 8-4-0 record, 20 goals for, and six against. Only Brazil has allowed fewer goals than them. They’re on the verge of sealing a ticket to Qatar. They just need to win and expect Chile, Colombia, or Uruguay not to.
With Messi on board, expect him to start in this one, is like the team’s wearing a bulletproof vest. Their confidence gets to a level that’s second to none. La Pulga has scored six goals on the road to Qatar, the best on the team. He’s followed by Lautaro Martinez, who has scored five.
Defensively, Nicolas Otamendi and Cristian Romero have become a very reliable center-backs duo. La Albiceleste hasn’t allowed a single goal in their last five games. That’s pretty impressive considering the many talented strikers they’ve faced.
Last but not least, they’ve been a solid soccer pick when playing at home. They’re 4-2-0 with 10 goals for and only two against. They scored in all six games, while also finishing with a clean sheet in four of them.
There are no major injuries to report here. Argentina simply must go all-in.
Brazil sealed a ticket to Qatar last Friday by beating Colombia 1-0. Lucas Paqueta was the scorer in a game where Vinicius Junior, Antony, and Matheus Cunha came off the bench. All three are world-class strikers that would be starters in any other team. Summing up, Brazil’s offensive power is uncanny.
They currently sit in first place with 34 points thanks to an 11-1-0 record, 27 goals for, and only four against. No other team has scored more goals than them and they finished with a clean sheet in three of their last five games.
If Argentina has Messi, Brazil has Neymar. He leads the team in scoring with seven goals and the competition’s assists chart with eight. I think it’s fair to say he’s the main reason for you to include them in your betting online ticket.
Brazil’s only draw was on the road. They own a 5-1-0 record and they scored in all games but one. They also finished with a clean sheet in four of those games. That’s right, Brazil’s defensive power is also uncanny.
Head coach Tite said that their new main goal is to finish the qualifiers unbeaten. Then it’s a good thing that there are no major injuries to report as well. There might be changes in the starting lineup, but no matter who plays, Brazil will always be a competitive side.
Final Analysis, Predictions
Argentina vs Brazil involves so many superstars that it’s like playing a video game. They’ve talent to spare on both sides of the field, but especially on offense. That’s why our football prediction includes both to score but not the total going over. It’s going to be a fast-paced match, but again, we’re talking about the two best defensive units in the region.
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