Brazil play host to fierce rivals Argentina in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match in Belo Horizonte on Thursday night. For the Seleçao it is a return to the Mineirão two years after their 7-1 loss to Germany. Read our Brazil v Argentina betting preview with predictions, betting tips, probable line-ups, team news, best odds, streaming links and no deposit free bets on the match!
BRAZIL v ARGENTINA BETTING PREVIEW
Brazil started the CONMEBOL qualifying campaign in a miserable ay, winning just two of their first six games. Their qualification to Russia 2018 is under threat and manager Carlos Dunga was replaced by former Corinthians coach Tite. Since then, the Seleçao recorded four straight wins, moving them up to the top of the qualifying group, 1 point clear off the second placed Uruguay.
Brazil welcome back Neymar after he missed last time out and the Barcelona star should start as offensive winger. Philippe Coutinho is likely to get the nod over Willian and Roberto Firmino out wide while Giuliano is likely to replace Paulinho. Gabriel Jesus continues to impress on the International stage and is expected to spearhead the attack in a 4-1-4-1 formation. Casemiro and Fernandinho are in contention for a starting berth as difensive midfielder.
Argentina are on a poor run of form. In the previous round, they dropped to sixth position in the qualifying group after losing 0-1 at home to Paraguay. The Albiceleste is winless in their last three matches as they needed a late rally to salvage a 2-2 draw in Venezuela before to squander a lead against Peru in the following game. Argentina boast the 2nd best defensive record in South America but things are not going well in attack. For a side with seemingly endless firepower, they have only netted 11 goals in 10 games so far.
The positive news for new manager Edgardo Bauza is that Lionel Messi is back in the mix and is set to partner Gonzalo Higuain up front. In midfield, Guido Pizarro could start if Lucas Biglia fails to prove his fitness. Enzo Pérez or even full-back Júlio Buffarini will provide support to Pablo Zabaleta on the right. Sergio Aguero is likely to be benched while Mauro Icardi, top scorer in the Italian Serie A, has not been named.
BRAZIL v ARGENTINA PROBABLE LINEUPS
Brazil (4-1-4-1): Alisson; Marcelo, Marquinhos, Miranda, Dani Alves; Casemiro; Augusto, Giuliano, Coutinho, Neymar; Gabriel Jesus
Argentina (4-4-2): Romero; Mas, Mori, Otamendi, Zabaleta; Di Maria, Mascherano, Biglia, Perez; Messi, Higuain
BRAZIL v ARGENTINA ODDS
|BRAZIL||2.15 with||Bet £10, win £21.50|
|THE DRAW||3.35 with||Bet £10, win £33.50|
|ARGENTINA||4.00 with||Bet £10, win £40.00|
BRAZIL v ARGENTINA PREDICTIONS
|OUR PICKS||BEST ODDS||BOOKMAKER|
|Under 2.5 goals||1.70|
|1-1 Correct Score||7.00|
|Sending off in the match YES||3.15|
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