Argentina vs Brazil
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 17, 2018, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Brazil -175 / Draw +275 / Argentina +500 -- Over/Under: 2.5
Brazil will play Argentina in an international friendly at the King Abdullah Sports City in Saudi Arabia.
Brazil have won their last 3 matches with ease as they have beaten Saudi Arabia, El Salvador, and the United States. While neither of these opposition were world class, the Brazilian team looked in good form as they managed to concede no goals while scoring 9 times. In the three matches, Neymar has looked in very good form as he has scored twice for the Brazilian national team. It has been impressive to see the Brazil team bounce back well after a disappointing World Cup and if they can win this match, the team might be back in the good graces of the public as they will have beaten an old rival.
On the other side of the coin, Argentina are in a bad situation as the team and the fans seem to have fallen out following the World Cup. Argentina’s best player, Lionel Messi is no longer playing for the national side. Furthermore, it seems that top players like Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero are also being left out for non-footballing reasons. Without these superstars, Argentina’s attack looks very weak. Argentina had a big win over Iraq last week but after looking very poor against Colombia in the last international break, it is hard to see how Argentina will compete against Brazil. If Argentina are to compete, the likes of Paulo Dybala will need to be at his best since the manager has been leaving out all the other talented attackers available to the team.
Brazil and Argentina have a long rivalry but as it currently stands, there seems to be a massive gap between the two teams. Brazil looks far better than Argentina at the moment. With the likes of Neymar and Firmino playing exceptionally well, I am picking Brazil to win this match.