All eyes will be on Brazil in these World Cup Qualifiers as they host Argentina.
The match will take place in the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, home of the biggest dark night in Brazilian football history, the 7-1 loss to Germany. However, Brazil have never lost a World Cup Qualifier at home. Should Argentina somehow manage to get a win, the Mineirao would have to be seen as a curse venue.
But that’s a big somehow manage. Argentina have been in an absolute downfall since the Copa America ended while Brazil has skyrocketed since the Copa America. The Brazilians managed to win gold in the Olympics and with new coach Tite, are at the top of the World Cup Qualifying table following four straight wins.
For Argentina, it’s one win, two draws and one defeat and a drop to 6th place. The last World Cup Qualifying match between the two came last year in a 1-1 draw in Argentina. The last World Cup Qualifier between these two in Brazil came in June 2008, in a match which ended in a 0-0 draw and a Brazilian crowd who started chanting Lionel MESSI’s name.
Edgardo BAUZA has already announced his starting line-up with Lionel MESSI and Gonzalo HIGUAIN up front.
ROMERO; ZABALETA, FUNES MORI, OTAMENDI, MAS; DI MARIA, MASCHERANO, BIGLIA, PEREZ; MESSI, HIGUAIN
BAUZA is going with the same players used in midfield as Alejandro SABELLA went with at the World Cup. This is Enzo PEREZ’s first competitive match for Argentina since the final of the World Cup.
The big news for Argentina is the return of Lionel MESSI following his absence in Argentina’s last 3 World Cup Qualifying matches. If Argentina are to do anything, it’s going to be through him.