It’s all going down in South America on Thursday night. With the UEFA qualifiers coming up this weekend for the World Cup 2018, there is a massive game from the CONMEBOL before all that. Qualification games for the World Cup really don’t get any bigger or more intense than this one because this is a showdown between old rivals Brazil and Argentina and there is a massive three points up for stakes. Argentina badly need them to avoid falling further out of the qualification picture.
Brazil are top of the CONMEBOL group on the path to the 2018 FIFA World Cup having earned 21 points from their ten matches played, which included a 1-1 draw in Argentina of November last year. Yes, the quest to reach the World Cup from the South American zone is a long and arduous path. Each of the ten teams will be playing a total of eighteen matches with the top four from the final standings making their way to the Finals, while the fifth placed team will be heading off into an inter-confederation play-off to try and get there. The other five leave with nothing.
Argentina are currently sixth in the table and need to start putting some better momentum together. A win in Brazil would be huge for them as it would put them just two points behind the Brazilians and well in the qualification picture. Defeat though could leave them floundering and lacking confidence pushing forward. Argentina are surprisingly (considering they can boast Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain), the fourth lowest scoring side in the CONMEBOL qualification zone.
Their superb attacking power just hasn’t been clicking, not likes Brazil’s has. The Brializans have posted a W6 D3 L1 record so far in qualification and they have been firing along brilliantly on home soil where they have gone W4 D1 from their five games. They have averaged three goals per game as well in those games and if that kind of attacking power comes to play on Thursday night, it could spell some big trouble for the visiting Albiceleste. Brazil have scored 23 goals to Argentina’s 11 so far, but both can boast the joint-second best defensive record with just nine conceded.
It’ll probably be a tight old scrap. So who will come out on top in this South American heavyweight showdown? Brazil are 21/20 favourites, with Argentina at 13/5 to land the away win. You can enjoy some great coverage on this one through Bet365, who match all games with their 0-0 bore draw insurance. This means that on any game if you have a pre-match losing correct score, scorecast or half time/full time wager which has lost because of no goals being scored in the game, you will get a free bet refund. Bet365 also deliver loads of Free Football Streams of international football as well.