It is hard to believe that there is a friendly game between Brazil and Argentina. And also we do not think that this one, which is about to be played in Australia, will have anything regarding friendship in it.
When these two powerhouses of world football meet the only thing that matters is a result, nothing else.
The rivalry between these two nation is enormous, and anything but victory is considered as a failure by both sides.
From all previous friendly international games played this week, this one will for sure attract the biggest attention and will be the most exciting one.
Brazil news and form
Finally, after a few years, the Brazilian national team started resembling its glorious predecessors with the style of play and the quality of the game. They are the first national team which secured participation at World Cup in Russia and seems that since the new coach Tite arrived, they are practically unbeatable.
Brazil has 10 victories in last 14 matches, and currently, they have 9 straight wins. The Selecao hasn't allowed a goal in 7 games during that span while, on the other hand, they scored at least two goals on 8 occasions.
Several of the biggest stars will be missing from this game, but it will not affect on their display and performance because Tite and the boys will be aiming for a victory.
Possible lineups: Ederson, Filipe Luis, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Rafinha, Paulinho, Lucas Lima, Renato Augusto, Coutinho, Costa, Jesus
Argentine news and form
The Gauchos are not in the best shape at the moment. Currently, they are holding the 5th place in CONMEBOL qualifications which leads to the playoffs, but luckily for them, they have just two points fewer than the second-placed Columbia. Argentina has only 3 victories in last 8 games, and all of them were on their turf. What worries their fans is the fact that they haven't scored in 3 games from the last 5 they played. It is obvious that the displays they're putting down, are far away from what they have expected.
Possible lineups: Rulli, Mercado, Otamendi, Mascherano, Mammana, Biglia, Benega, Peredes, Di Maria, Messi, Dybala
Head to head
Since 2012 Brazil didn't lose, and in 3 games played, they have 2 victories. The last one was pretty convincing when they demolished Argentina back in November of 2016. In that match, the Argentinians were severely punished and outplayed, and they could easily concede a few more goals.
Argentina will play with their best possible squad, but that does not guarantee that they are favorites, despite the fact that the Brazilians will lack several of their biggest stars.
What we expect from this encounter is a lot of goals. At least 2.5 and maybe even more. Also over 1.5 goals in the second half is something very realistic.
Goals: Over 2.5
Goals: Over 1.5 goals in Second Half