ARG vs BRZ Dream11: One of football's most iconic fixture will add yet another chapter in its glorious history when Brazil play Argentina in an international friendly game at King Saud University Stadium, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
But the words can be deceptive, as is the case here, for this game will be anything but a friendly matchup between the two sides who are trying hard to return to their former glories. The stakes may not be as high as this fixture demands, but you can expect a full notch intensity, some lunging tackles, and far-fetched reactions. All in all, a game between these two nations can't be defined by the tag only. It needs no extra hype. This game remains one of the most glamorous football fixtures in the world.
World Cup 2018, Copa America and the aftermath!
Brazil headed to Russia as the most favored team to win the ultimate glory. The squad was stocked with the world-renowned talents, led by superstar Neymar. But the Selecao came short again, for the umpteenth time since it last tasted the victory in 2002, as Eden Hazard, and Kevin de Bruyne put on a show in the quarterfinal to win the match 1-2.
But Tite's men salvaged some pride by winning the Copa America last summer, all tastier as they beat Argentina en route to the title victory. The trophy may not be as big as the World Cup, but it shows that the five-time world champions are heading in the right direction.
Argentina, on the other hand, pressed the reboot button after the world cup as Lionel Scaloni replaced Jorge Sampaoli at the hot seat. Even though Albiceleste lost the Copa America semifinal under him, he is still new in his job and needs time to improve the squad.
With three wins and two draws in the last five games, Argentina are undefeated since that 2-0 defeat against Brazil in the Copa America.
Teams: Brazil and Argentina
Competition: International friendly fixture
Venue: King Saud University Stadium, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Match Timing: November 15, @ 10: 30 PM (IST)
Lionel Messi: The Argentine wizard returns to the squad following suspension and is a no-nonsense choice for the captain.
Philippe Coutinho: Despite his less than convincing form for his club. Coutinho takes the centre stage in this Brazil team and boasts a very good return in front of the goal as well.
Paulo Dybala: After a disappointing last season, Dybala seems to be back to his very best as he scored some important goal for Juventus in recent games.
Lautaro Martinez: Inter Milan's in-form striker has become a vital cog in his club team and is capable enough to lead the attack for his national outfit as well.
And then there are players like Roberto Firmino, Willians and Gabriel Jesus who are more than capable of affecting the game on their own.
Brazil team news:
Neymar has had an injury-plagued season so far and remains out of contention. Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson and Ajax winger David Neres are also unavailable due to injuries.
Likely tactics and playing 11:
With Ederson missing out, Liverpool's Alisson Becker will start unopposed in goal, while Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Sandro are set to form the backline.
Manchester City's Fernandinho has been left out, but Fabinho is there and he will look to start here. However, Arthur and Casemiro seem to be ahead in Tite's plans and the duo is expected to start against Argentina.
Real Madrid's red-hot striker Rodrygo will give Tite some selection headache but expect Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus to start the game.
Goalkeepers: Alisson, Daniel Fuzato
Defenders: Danilo, Emerson, Alex Sandro, Renan Lodi, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Éder Militao, Felipe
Midfielders: Casemiro, Arthur, Fabinho, Douglas Luiz, Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Paqueta
Forwards: Roberto Firmino, Richarlison, Gabriel Jesus, Rodrygo, Willian
Lionel Messi is back in national colour following suspension, while Sergio Aguero is also the part of the squad. This is the first time these two veterans return to the national set-up since the Copa America. Expect the duo to start the game against Brazil.
Lionel Scaloni is still experimenting with his playing 11 and formation and it's not clear what formation he would go with here.
That said, in-form forward Paulo Dybala should get the nod over Inter's Lautaro Martinez.
Goalkeepers: Agustin Marchesin, Juan Musso, Emiliano Martinez, Esteban Andrada
Defenders: Juan Foyth, Renzo Saravia, Nicolas Otamendi, German Pezzella, Marcos Rojo, Walter Kannemann, Nicolas Tagliafico, Nehuen Perez
Midfielders: Guido Rodriguez, Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Nicolas Dominguez, Rodrigo De Paul, Marcos Acuna, Roberto Pereyra, Lucas Ocampos
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Gonzalez, Lucas Alario, Lautaro Martinez, Paulo Dybala
Brazil: Alisson (GK), Danilo, Silva, Marquinhos, Sandro, Arthur, Casemiro, Coutinho, Richarlison, Jesus, Firmino
Argentina: Marchesin (GK), Foyth, Pezzella, Otamendi, Acuna, De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso, Messi, Aguero, Martinez / Dybala
Defender: Foyth, Tagliafico, Thiago Silva, Danilo
Midfielder: Ocampos, G L Celso, Paqueta
Striker: Messi (VC), Jesus, Firmino (C)
ARG vs BRZ Dream11 Today Match Prediction:
The return of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero will definitely give Argentina team a huge lift, but Brazil looks more cohesive as a unit, and well ahead in the transition period.
We back the Selecao to get at least a draw here.