Starting XI: Brazil vs Argentina, 16 October 2018

Annette Crawford
October 17, 2018

And Tite is hoping the Selecao squad will perform better against fellow South American foes Argentina when compared to the not too impressive 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Friday.

In central defence, Joao Miranda is set to start for the first time since the World Cup quarter-final exit against Belgium.

Messi also sat out Argentina's last three matches, all friendlies, since the country's disappointing last 16 elimination from the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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If Brazil play to their full capacity they have a chance of recording a famous win against La Albiceleste.

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Why is the game being played in Saudi Arabia?

Over the current global break, Brazil, Argentina and Iraq have been taking part in a four-team tournament hosted by Saudi Arabia called the Superclasico.

Why is Lionel Messi not playing?

In the absence of Lionel Messi, the Albiceleste were terribly lacking in creativity and, while Brazil weren't much better, they always seemed the more likely to get the goal if there was to be one.

Argentina coach Lionel SCALONI has confirmed the starting XI which will start against Brazil.


"Every time Argentina play, we have to win".

"He has to enjoy his family, his life".

Brazil also enters coming off a recent friendly win.

He is believed to have asked for some time off from worldwide duty ahead of next year's Copa America in Brazil.

The two nations last met in June 2017 for a friendly, which Argentina won 1-0.

Interestingly, by the time the game commences on Tuesday, all the smiles would have disappeared.

According to a UK Daily Mail report, Selecao captain and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar appeared relaxed with 24-hour to the big match.

While it is purely a friendly between Brazil and Argentina, the pair are likely to play as strong a side as they can to keep the fans in Saudi Arabia happy.

One thing which is guaranteed for Brazil is Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson will be starting in goal as the five-time World Cup winners look to rotate their two big-name shot-stoppers.

Meanwhile, Argentina have no new injury problems from their win over Iraq. The only doubt is between Angel CORREA and Lautaro MARTINEZ. The likes of Alisson, Danilo and Miranda are all likely to come back into the team, while Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho should all start.

It's an experienced Brazil side against the neighbors who have a ton of youth and not as many household names as usual outside of guys like Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi.

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