Argentina V Brazil – World Cup Qualifier (South America)

31st August 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions
World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions

Argentina V Brazil

 

 

Kick-Off: Sunday 6th September – 01:30 GMT

Continent: South America

Competition: World Cup Qualifier

 

 

Arguably the most notorious clash in South America sees two of the most technically gifted footballing nations in the world do battle for not only a possible place in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but also for South American supremacy. Both Argentina and Brazil are touted, and rightly so, as the best teams in South America so victory for either would see them hold the mantle, for the time being at least, as the best country in South America.

 

 

Qualification Thus Far

 

 

Argentina

 

League Position: 4th

Qualifying Record: 6-4-4

Goal Record: 19-15

Top Goalscorer(s): Juan Riquelme, Sergio Aguero & Lionel Messi (4)

 

Argentina were seen as a banker for some to book their place in South Africa but a less-than-impressive qualifying campaign has made for nervy times for ‘Argie’ manager Diego Maradona. They started qualifying in fine fashion, breezing past Chile, Venezuela & Bolivia. However, Argentina have come across all sorts of problems while on their travels, with all four of their defeats in Qualifying coming outside of Argentina. However, it’s certainly worth mentioning that Maradona’s side have been pretty prolific back on home soil, winning five and drawing two, maintaining an unbeaten record whilst playing in Argentina.

 

A concern and something to ponder for Maradona will be Argentina’s lack of goalscorers. Juan Riquelme, Sergio Aguero & Lionel Messi make up 12 of the 19 goals Argentina have scored thus far in Qualifying and it’s evident that they’re relying heavily on their big stars and it could be a case of individual class rather than a collective performance from the entire squad.

 

 

Brazil

 

League Position: 1st

Qualifying Record: 7-6-1

Goal Record: 25-6

Top Goalscorer(s): Luis Fabiano (7)

 

Brazil have made light work of qualifying thus far and with just four games left to play, Brazil have put themselves firmly in the driving seat in regards to qualifying automatically for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. With seven points separating them from fifth place, you would feel another win would be all that’s required to book their spot in the finals. They come into this crucial qualifier with bitter rivals Argentina off the back of three victories, one being a 2-1 win over second placed Paraguay so confidence within the Brazil ranks will certainly be very high.

 

Luis Fabiano has been the main man for Brazil qualifying, scoring seven goals, and he looks set for a starting berth up front as Brazil aim to conclude their qualifying campaign with several games to spare and also compound the misery and nerves of Argentina.

 

 

Previous Meeting – Brazil 0-0 Argentina

 

 

This will be the second meeting in Qualifying but will it be as close as the previous encounter? Argentina frustrated Brazil when the pair met in Belo Horizonte over 12 months ago. The pair played out an uninspiring 0-0 draw although Argentina will take a lot of positives out of that game in the simple fact that they managed to keep the most prolific goalscorers in South America at bay for the full 90 minutes.

 

 

Team News

 

 

Diego Maradona has looked a little closer to home for their upcoming qualifiers, picking seven home grown players. Juan Sebastian Veron will make a surprise return to the Argentina fold after impressing back home for Estudiantes. As far as key players go, well; Carlos Tevez, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero & captain Javier Mascherano, amongst others, are all fit for action and should all start against Brazil.

 

Dunga has also maintained the trend of recalling past players by recalling Flamengo & former Inter Milan forward; Adriano, back to the Brazilian ranks. His return back to his homeland has sprung Adriano into life, scoring ten goals already for his new club Flamengo and his early form in Brazil has not gone unnoticed it would seem.

 

A few surprise call-ups go the way of Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva, although it’s unlikely he will play much part, while former Man City play-maker; Elano, has also earned a call up from Dunga.

 

 

Argentina Squad:

 

Goalkeepers: Juan Pablo Carrizo, Mariano Andujar, Sergio Romero

Defenders: Javier Zanetti, Nicolas Pareja, Fabricio Colloccini, Gabriel Heinze, Nicolas Burdisso, Sebastian Dominguez, Emiliano Papa, Nicolas Otamendi

Midfielders: Fernando Gago, Javier Mascherano, Maxi Rodriguez, Jesus Datola, Juan Sebastian Veron, Mario Bolatti, Sebastian Battaglia

Attackers: Carlos Tevez, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Diego Milito, Lisandro Lopez, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Eduardo Salvio

 

 

Brazil Squad:

 

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar, Victor

Defenders: Maicon, Daniel Alves, Filipe, Andre Santos, Luisao, Miranda, Lucio, Juan

Midfielders: Josue, Gilberto Silva, Felipe Melo, Lucas, Elano, Ramires, Julio Baptista, Kaka

Attackers: Nilmar, Robinho, Luis Fabiano, Adriano

 

 

Our Game Views

 

 

Another tight game is expected here as neither side will want to lose. However, on the other hand, both managers will be eager to not only record a victory over one another but also add some vital points onto their tally, with Argentina certainly the more desperate of the two in terms of needing points.

 

The burden of winning will rest on the shoulders of the Argentine manager Diego Maradona, with his team’s position in South Africa far from assured. However, Maradona himself has claimed that a win over their rivals could all but seal their spot in the South African finals so it’s clear that he’s heading into this fixture with only one intent – to win!

 

Although Brazil would love to secure another set of three points, Brazil manager; Dunga, would settle for a point, with easier fixtures just over the horizon. However, Brazil aren’t a team that can set out to defend for an entire game and they will do their utmost to attack and expose an unconvincing Argentine defence.

 

The key battle here could be at full-back. The sheer pace of Maicon and Andre Santos down the flanks, along with their superb crossing ability, will be a huge asset for Brazil and a major concern for Argentina. Will the Argentine fullbacks keep them at arms length? Gabriel Heinze will be left with the task of preventing Maicon exploiting the right hand side but he’s been an inconsistent sort and certainly cannot be relied upon.

 

Argentina’s strengths come in the form of their forwards, much like their counterparts. Lionel Messi and Juan Riquelme could single handily decide how Argentina fair in this game. A big game from either could be enough but they will both need to work well with forward; Sergio Aguero, the Athletico Madrid forward has four goals in Qualifying thus far.

 

 

Our Prediction

 

 

Two sides with all to play for but the pressure is firmly on the Argentine’s. Anything but a win could scupper their chances of Qualifying, or at least provide them with a big setback. They will play with an attacking intent but they will need Javier Mascherano to lead by example and provide a protective barrier in front of their unconvincing defence if they are to keep Brazil at bay for the second time in succession.

 

Argentina have the talent to win a game of this magnitude but they’ve been far from impressive in qualifying so far and a punt on Diego Maradona’s side, at odds of around 13/10 with Boylesports, looks precarious. They have been decent back on home turf but it’s their defence which could be their downfall here.

 

Argentina’s one and only strength is their striking department, at the back they do look extremely vulnerable. Brazil have been prolific, both at the back and in attack, so it’s a complete Brazilian package versus a shaky & unconvincing Argentina. At the odds, i know which side is the value – Brazil.

 

 

Our Pick: Brazil to WIN – 23/10 Expekt.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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