Kick Off: 1105, 09/06/2017
Stadium: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Brazil and Argentina have named strong squads for their Superclasico de las Americas match in Melbourne on Friday but preference is for the younger and fresher Selecao side.
They came out on top with a 3-0 win when these fierce rivals met in a World Cup qualifier in November and look in better shape going into this ‘friendly’ game.
The Samba Stars are rated slight underdogs due to the absence of Neymar and Marcelo but still get the nod at 7/4 in our Brazil vs Argentina betting tips.
A Look At Brazil’s Betting Odds
Brazil have already booked their place at next year’s World Cup finals in Russia, leading the South American qualifying section by a whopping nine points after 10 wins and three draws in 14 games.
However, they are not expected to rest on their laurels in Australia, with Bayern Munich defender Rafinha commenting: “It is a friendly but when we get on the field it becomes a normal game, everybody wants to win.
“Brazil has many players who want to play for the national team. We are here because we deserve it so we have to represent the country properly. We are five times world champions. All the players here know the importance of being here.”
Thiago Silva, David Luiz and Filipe Luis provide experience at the back, Willian and Fernandinho have the athleticism in midfield and then there are attacking talents such as Philippe Coutinho, Douglas Costa and Gabriel Jesus eager to make an impression.
Every game is already a chance to push for World Cup places and 19/2 for a 2-1 triumph appeals from the Brazil vs Argentina odds.
A Look At Argentina’s Betting Odds
Argentina arguably have the bigger names present for this clash, with Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain giving them a formidable forward line.
Juventus star Paulo Dybala will also be keen to impress but new boss Jorge Sampaoli has taken over a team with defensive frailties and it may take time for him to settle on a preferred set-up.
Apart from Manchester United keeper Sergio Romero and City defender Nicolas Otamendi, there are no proven international performers at the back, which has contributed to La Albiceleste being only fifth in the World Cup pool.
Both teams to score and the Selecao to win is available at 19/4 and completes our Brazil vs Argentina predictions.
BRAZIL 3-0 Paraguay – Coutinho, Neymar, Marcelo
Bolivia 2-0 ARGENTINA
Head-to-head: Brazil 3-0 Argentina, Argentina 1-1 Brazil, Brazil 2-0 Argentina, Argentina 2-1 Brazil, Brazil 2-1 Argentina
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