Brazil take on Argentina in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto, Belo Horizonte. The two giants of world football will face each other in the qualifiers of the South American leg on 10 November, Thursday.
The Selaco won the gold in the Rio 2016 Olympics and since then, they have won all four qualifiers under their new manager Tite. He replaced Dunga after Brazil crashed out of the group stages of the 2016 Copa America Centenario.
However, the Selaco have emerged as a different side under their new manager Tite. In the four matches played under their new coach, they have scored 12 goals and conceded only once in the process. This also includes three clean sheets.
Tite will be hoping his side can retain another clean sheet when they host their South American rivals on Thursday evening. Brazil hold an advantage over their next opponents as they have won 42 of their 106 matches played between these two nations, with Argentina managing 38 wins.
The last time these two sides faced each other saw them settle for a 1-1 draw. Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring for the hosts in Buenos Aires before the break. However, it was Lucas Lima's goal that helped Brazil avoid a defeat.
In the last five meetings between these two nations, both sides have won on two occasions, while settling for a draw in the last meeting. However, Brazil have an advantage as they have not lost to Argentina in all competitions since 1990.
Argentina lost the Copa America Centenario to Chile on penalties and following their failure to win the tournament, Gerardo Martino stepped down from his post. He was replaced by Edgardo Bauza on 1 August.
Since then, the World Cup finalists have managed only one win in four qualifiers they have played so far. The turmoil at the AFC has also had its impact on on-field performances and Bauza and Argentina will be hoping to change things when they face Brazil on Thursday.
Where to watch
Kick-off is at 11.45pm GMT. There is no live TV coverage of the match between Brazil and Argentina in the United Kingdom.
Betting Odds (betfair)
- Brazil: 21/10
- Draw: 23/10
- Argentina: 5/2
- Brazil to win
What managers say
Tite: "I will always consider [the Brasileirao], professionally and humanely. I will show good sense, but I will not harm the national team. I haven't slept worrying about the match against Argentina. Against them, it is a championship match. The game has even more weight because it is a clasico. We are not going to run away. For us, the most important thing is to consolidate the current level of performance of our team because we have been getting good results over and above any consistency."
Edgardo Bauza: "I'm worried because the qualifying is still not assured and must still be won. These will be two games with two direct rivals, it would be good to at least get four points."
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