Brazil vs Argentina
Brazil vs Argentina
Kick-Off at 01:30 (GMT+1)
South American foes Brazil and Argentina clash in a crucial 2026 World Cup qualifier, both seeking redemption after unexpected losses in their previous matches.
Brazil, currently fifth in their qualification standings, suffered a 2-1 defeat to Colombia, while Argentina, at the top, stumbled to a 2-0 loss against Uruguay.
Brazil’s World Cup journey has been unconvincing, securing two wins, one draw, and two losses, accumulating seven points and trailing Argentina by five points before this encounter.
Despite starting their campaign with victories over Bolivia and Peru, Brazil faced a setback with a 1-1 draw against Venezuela and subsequent losses to Uruguay and Colombia, with Luis Diaz’s late goals sealing Brazil’s fate in their last match.
For Brazil, this match is an opportunity to buoy their supporters’ spirits. Another setback, however, might see them slip from the top six—a surprising turn at this early stage.
Since their 2002 World Cup victory, Brazil’s tournament showings have been underwhelming, exiting in the quarter-finals in four of the last five tournaments, including last year’s event in Qatar, where expectations were high.
In contrast, Argentina clinched the 2022 World Cup, defeating France in an exhilarating final. Afterward, they secured friendly wins and started their 2026 World Cup qualification campaign strongly, triumphing over Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Peru, leading the section with 12 points.
However, Argentina faced a setback in their last match, suffering a 2-0 defeat to Uruguay, ending their unbeaten streak since the World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia.
With Lionel Scaloni’s team keen on asserting dominance, Argentina aims to secure a third consecutive victory against their arch-rivals. They have a recent record of two wins and a draw against Brazil, including a memorable 1-0 triumph in the Copa America final in July 2021, where Angel Di Maria’s strike made the difference.
Brazil faced a setback as Vinicius Junior suffered a hamstring injury against Colombia, necessitating a change in their starting lineup for the upcoming match.
Joao Pedro replaced Vinicius in the last game and might potentially start here, although Martinelli appears a more likely candidate to feature as the central forward. Youngster Endrick, set to join Real Madrid next year, made his debut against Colombia and is expected to play a role in the attacking third. Gabriel Jesus, back in training after a hamstring issue, might find a place on the bench.
Douglas Luiz could strengthen Brazil’s midfield, partnering with Andre and Bruno Guimaraes.
The Brazilian team faces notable absences, with Ederson, Danilo, Eder Militao, Casemiro, Neymar, and Richarlison unavailable due to fitness concerns.
For Argentina, Coach Scaloni might maintain his lineup despite the disappointment of the recent defeat to Uruguay.
There’s a potential change in the attacking line, with Lautaro Martinez likely to be introduced, possibly relegating Nicolas Gonzalez to the bench. Julian Alvarez might switch to a wider position, while Rodrigo De Paul is expected to retain his midfield role.
Surprisingly, Manchester United’s Alejandro Garnacho was omitted from the squad, and Lisandro Martinez is unavailable due to a foot injury.
- Goalkeeper: Alisson
- Defenders: Emerson, Marquinhos, Magalhaes, Lodi
- Midfielders: Guimaraes, Andre, Luiz
- Forwards: Rodrygo, Martinelli, Raphinha
*All odds correct at time of writing