Brazil vs Argentina Match Analysis & Prediction
22/11/2023 3:30 am
Brazil and Argentina will meet in a 2026 World Cup qualifier on Wednesday morning, with both teams looking to bounce back from surprise defeats last time out.
Fernando Diniz’s side, who are fifth in their qualification section, will enter this contest off the back of a 2-1 defeat to Colombia, while table-topping Argentina lost 2-0 at home to Uruguay.
Brazil’s form in this qualification campaign has been far from impressive, as they boast a record of two wins, one draw and two defeats to collect seven points, which has left them five points behind leaders Argentina ahead of Wednesday’s tie.
This is Brazil’s final game of the year, and it is the perfect chance for them to raise the confidence of their adoring supporters, but another poor result could potentially see them slip out of the top six, which would be remarkable, even at this early stage of the campaign.
Selecao have been eliminated in the quarter-finals in four of their last five World Cup’s, including last year in Qatar, when many had been tipping them to progress to at least the final.
Argentina recorded four straight friendly wins after beating France in the 2022 World Cup final, and they then managed to overcome Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru in their first four 2026 World Cup qualification games, which left them comfortably at the top of the section on 12 points.
However, Lionel Scaloni’s side were stunned by Uruguay in an all-tempered affair last time out, with goals from Ronald Araujo and Darwin Nunez allowing the visitors to record a 2-0 victory, inflicting Argentina’s first defeat since losing 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in their opening match of the last World Cup.
Argentina remain top of the section, two points ahead of second-placed Uruguay, and there is an awful lot of football to be played before the end of the qualification campaign, but Scaloni’s side will be desperate to inflict a third straight defeat on their bitter rivals in this game.
Brazil vs. Argentina Head to head
In the 36 previous meetings between these two teams, Brazil have claimed 19 victories while Argentina have won nine, and they have drawn in eight. Argentina have scored 35 goals and conceded 55 in the process.
03/07/2019Brazil2Argentina0CONMEBOL Copa America
11/07/2021Argentina1Brazil0CONMEBOL Copa America
17/11/2021Argentina0Brazil0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
Brazil Team News
Brazil lost Vinicius Junior to a hamstring injury in the first half of the game against Colombia, meaning that there will need to be at least one change to their starting side for this game.
Joao Pedro was introduced as Vinicius’ replacement last time out, and the Brighton & Hove Albion forward could now potentially come in for a start here.
Brazil's Last 5 Matches
09/09/2023Brazil5Bolivia1CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
13/09/2023Peru0Brazil1CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
13/10/2023Brazil1Venezuela1CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
18/10/2023Uruguay2Brazil0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
17/11/2023Colombia2Brazil1CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
Argentina Team News
There could be a change in the final third of the field for Argentina, with Lautaro Martinez likely to be introduced, which could see Nicolas Gonzalez drop down to the bench.
Julian Alvarez could switch into a wide area, but there are unlikely to be any further changes, with Rodrigo De Paul set to keep his position in midfield.
Argentina's Last 5 Matches
08/09/2023Argentina1Ecuador0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
12/09/2023Bolivia0Argentina3CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
13/10/2023Argentina1Paraguay0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
18/10/2023Peru0Argentina2CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
17/11/2023Argentina0Uruguay2CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
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