2018 World Cup qualifying: Brazil battle bitter foes Argentina
Holly Thackeray | November 11, 2015
Argentina v Brazil
- 2018 World Cup qualifying, South America (CONMEBOL)
- Saturday, November 14th
- Kick-off: 00:00 GMT
- El Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Battle of the South Americans
While Europe has it’s sporting eye trained firmly on Euro 2016, South American football has already begun qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Having been postponed due to bad weather on Friday, this show-stealing scuffle between the continent’s two most decorated giants, Argentina (13/10 with Coral to triumph) and Brazil (21/10), will do battle in Buenos Aires now on Saturday.
Superclasico de las Americas is always a global draw; for the glamour, flair and a smattering of the world’s most talented players. Yet, this tussle has a twist, as both footballing powers have gotten off to less than ideal qualifying campaigns.
It may still be early days, but this duel between two of the finest teams could shape the qualifying path to come. With much more than just points at stake, as ever, there is pride.
Recent history favours home advantage, with La Albiceleste losing just one of their last four Samba Boys battles as hosts, though that arrived last time out with Brazil claiming a 2-0 victory in enemy territory, a result they are 12/1 to repeat.
La Albiceleste injury issues
Argentina are also injury-plagued at the moment, with marksman Carlos Tevez joining talisman and skipper Lionel Messi plus striking sensation Sergio Aguero on the sidelines. Yet, Tata Martino’s men still have plenty of potency in the reserve, with PSG’s Angel Di Maria (15/8 in the anytime market), Atletico Madrid sensation Angel Correa (6/5) and Napoli goal machine Gonzalo Higuain (9/2 to poach first) all available.
As for Samba silk, prodigy Neymar returns for his nation and is 5/1 to fire Brazil ahead, which is an excellent price considering how prolific the Barcelona hitman has been of late.
Providing further star dust is Chelsea wing grafter and set-piece threat Willian (11/4 to score anytime), who is top scorer in qualifying for Dunga’s boys. While, reliable poacher Ricardo Oliveira is also 7/4 to get in on the action anytime.
With so many dangermen on show despite being depleted, it may be wiser to back Brazil at 24/5 to win with both teams to score.
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Coral’s top tip: Back Brazil at 24/5 to beat Argentina with both teams to score. With so much firepower on display, that’s dangerously good value.