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World Cup 2022: Fierce Rivals Square Off in Copa America Final Rematch

World Cup 2022: Fierce Rivals Square Off in Copa America Final Rematch

Brazil vs Argentina

Brazil and Argentina are adding another chapter to their historic rivalry since their previous meeting in the Copa America Final eight weeks ago.

This fixture will also feature several club teammates and good friends, although they’ll be on different sides of the pitch as PSG teammates Neymar, Marquinhos, Lionel Messi, and Angel Di Maria are going to headline this much-anticipated showdown.

Both nations are standing on top of the World Cup 2022 CONMEBOL table as the Selecao lead the pack with 21 points while La Albiceleste are at second with 15 points. And they are the favoured sides here in the SBOTOP betting odds to move on to the next round since neither have yet to lose in this competition.

However, with pride and bragging rights on the line, something has to give when these two South American powerhouses clash once more – making this a must-see game this weekend.

Talking Points

Brazil to miss multiple Premier League stars

There’s no doubt that Tite’s men can still pull through in this contest, although it will be much harder with an undermanned group. Due to the strict COVID-19 restrictions in England, the Samba Boys will have notable absentees.

Premier League standouts Ederson, Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison, Allisson, Thiago Silva, and Fred weren’t allowed to be released by their respective mother clubs during this international break, which hurts Brazil’s overall depth to a certain extent.

This development had an impact during their 1-0 victory last Thursday as they were pushed to the limit by the Chileans since the key statistics were in favour of the hosts.

La Roja had 12 total shots compared to the Selecao’s 10 and they’ve controlled 61-per cent possession compared to Brazil’s 39-per cent.

But with the game teetering on the edge, Tite decided to make a change in his starting XI and it instantly paid dividends as Everton Ribeiro’s 64th-minute goal gave them the three points.

Brazil remain flawless in their World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign, but that will be put to the test against a more complete Argentina squad.

Argentina’s supporting cast is the key

Lionel Messi is going to be a marked man in any opposing defence, so it’s a must that his supporting players will step up.

In the last time out, La Albiceleste secured a 3-1 victory over Venezuela as Lautaro Martinez, Angel and Joaquin Correa notched one goal each.

Venezuela were reduced to 10 men when Luis Adrian Martinez was given a red card after his brutal challenge to Lionel Messi. When it happened, it felt like Messi was going to be badly injured, but fortunately he was able to shrug it off.

Argentina used their numbers advantage right away as Lautaro Martinez put his team up by one before the end of the first half.

Joaquin and Angel Correa tripled their lead late, but Yeferson Soteldo made sure that La Vinotinto weren’t left empty-handed with his late consolation goal.

Besides Martinez and the Correas, Lionel Scaloni still has the likes of Paulo Dybala, Giovani Lo Celso, Guido Rodriguez, Angel Di Maria, and Rodrigo De Paul who all can score when needed.


Brazil and Argentina have competed in 112 international games where the Selecao hold the slight edge with 46 wins, while La Albiceleste have won in 41 along with 25 draws.

Last summer, Lionel Messi had been longing for his first ever international trophy and he finally got it during the most recent Copa America.

Messi have Angel Di Maria and Rodrigo De Paul to thank as their link-up in the 22nd minute generated the only goal of the contest to seal the deal.

He and Neymar didn’t perform up to their lofty standards in the said fixture. However, we expect them both to deliver World Cup 2022 highlights this weekend.

Betting Tip

1X2 Draw @ 3.10

The World Cup 2022 odds are pointing to a tight match ahead for this Sunday evening.

Brazil are the slightly favoured side at 2.10 to win, while Argentina aren’t far behind since they’re installed at 3.55 in the 1X2 market.

Neymar and Lionel Messi are the game changers for these two squads and both are expected to lead the line since they’re eager to remind everybody of their top calibre.

But with Brazil and Argentina possessing a bevy of talent on both ends of the pitch, it is going to be difficult to pick a winner in this blockbuster affair.

Hence, we are confident to go for a draw @ 3.10 on this one, with both nations scoring at least one goal apiece.

Disclaimer: Odds are correct at time of publish.





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