The Superclasico de las Americas, the biggest national team rivalry in all of world soccer, returns on Tuesday as Copa America champions Argentina welcome Brazil to San Juan in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying. Brazil are already qualified for the 2022 World Cup while Argentina hope to soon join them in what will be their second meeting in qualifying and third since the summer. The first qualifying meeting back in September, however, never finished as it was suspended in the seventh minute as local health officials invaded the pitch as they attempted to remove players who didn't comply with coronavirus restrictions.
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How to watch and odds
- Date: Tuesday, Nov. 16 | Time: 6:30 p.m.ET
- Location: Estadio San Jose del Bicentenario -- San Juan, Argentina
- Live stream: fuboTV (Try now)
- Odds: Argentina -110; Draw +210; Brazil +260 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Argentina: Will Lionel Messi start? The belief around their camp is that he will after he came off the bench in the 1-0 win at Uruguay on Friday night. The PSG superstar, who will get to face club teammates such as Neymar in this one, looked lively in his cameo appearance and will be needed to top a Brazil team that is simply more talented. But who will join him in attack? Paulo Dybala was sharp last time out getting the assist to Angel Di Maria, but he and Messi on the pitch has never seemed to consistently work. All eyes will be on how Lionel Scaloni handles the team selection, though Messi, Di Maria and Lautaro Martinez seem like the logical trio.
Brazil: A 1-0 win over Colombia on Thursday sees this team enter with an extra day of rest, and while the scoreline was close, the game wasn't. As expected, Brazil dominated the ball (64 percent) and the shots (16-5). They'll be hoping for a similar display of possession and shots here, but that could be tricky against an Argentina team flying high. While the hosts are fine with conceding possession and going on the counter, they will likely try and reverse that trend here and keep the ball away while playing with patience. If Brazil can press well in attack and be quick to react in the midfield, they should find themselves with a chance to win this one on the road.
The Brazil attack manages to create a flurry of chances in the second half as they get an equalizer with an emphatic strike on the hour-mark. Pick: Argentina 1, Brazil 1