Argentina vs Brazil, a match that can never be tagged as an ‘International Friendly match’. There is always something much bigger in this match.
Actually, you have to think twice before calling it a friendly match while Argentina taking on arch-rivals Brazil anywhere in the world.
Venue and kick-off time
Venue: King Abdullah Sports, Jeddah
Kick-off: 12:00 am, BD Time
Why it’s in Saudi?
Meanwhile, European football is focusing on UEFA Nations League to reduce the ‘pointless’ friendly matches, one of the extreme rivalries in the world is visiting Saudi Arabia to entertain the Middle East fans. That could sound weird to anyone, but there is a massive economic issue behind this.
Literally, as a part of their vision 2030, the Saudi government wants to reduce their dependence on Oil, diversify the economy. They want the tourism sector to make a huge impact on their economy. That’s why they are arranging this sort of events to catch the eye of the tourists. Don’t forget, Saudi Arabia host two WWE events in recent times as a part of their plan.
After an underwhelming performance in the 2018 Russia World Cup, both teams are dealing with few easy friendly matches in recent times. In that case, Tite’s boys are a bit ahead of La Albiceleste. Selecaos have won against United States, El Salvador and Saudi Arabia. Argentina has beaten Guatemala and Iraq, drawing against Colombia.
Selecao’s success rate is also way better than La Albiceleste in 2018. Brazil has won 11 games out of their 13 international appearances in 2018. In the meantime, Argentina could only manage to win 5 out of their 10 games.
However, Tuesday’s match will be the 109th international meeting between this two sides. In terms of the Head-to-Head results, Brazil is leading with 44 wins while Argentina has 39, other 25 clashes have been drawn.
More importantly, Argentina is going through a revamping process after Lionel Messi’s indefinite retirement from international football. Though Messi didn’t declare anything officially, there is a little hope for Argentina to have back in the side in no times. If Argentina gets back into the competitive football in 2019 Copa America in Brazil next June, then there is a minimum possibility to have him back in the national side.
Despite this, Argentine has no new injury problems from their 4-0 win over Iraq. After not being picked up against Iraq, Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi will lead the line over his team-mate Lautaro Martinez who started against Iraq.
On the other hand, Tite is going with almost the same names, who couldn’t get him the expected result in the last World Cup. Actually, Selecaos don’t need to renovate the whole team while they have got a bunch of international stars on the side already. All they need to get back into the rhythm to put themselves among the World’s elite once again. This is an absolute chance for them to boost up their confidence level for the upcoming games.
Furthermore, Brazil fans can relax a bit, because they have no new injury issues in the squad right now. Tite has the perfect opportunity to take on Argentina with a full-strength Brazil team.
Predicted Brazil XI: Alisson (GK); Alex Sandro, Pablo, Marquinhos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Renato Augusto, Fred, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar, Coutinho.
Predicted Argentina XI: Romero (GK); Saravia, Pezzella, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Paredes, Lo Celso, Palacios; Dybala, Simeone, Icardi.
Brazil to win @ 8/13
Neymar first goalscorer @ 3/1
Mauro Icardi to score anytime @ 11/4