Brazil-Argentina. Lionel Messi controls his nerves
Mikhail Korobov November 21, 2023, 08:30 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
The blue and white are rehabilitating from the defeat in the match against Uruguay. This time their leader will be calmer.
On November 22, the match on matchday 6 of the 2026 World Cup qualification will be played between Brazil and Argentina. The game starts at 3:30 Moscow time. Bookmakers give preference to the hosts in their predictions: you can bet that the Brazilians will win with odds of 2.60. The success of the Argentines is estimated by experts at 3.20. Tie bets are accepted at 3:00 a.m.
Betting house odds for the 2026 World Cup qualification match Brazil – Argentina November 22, 2023
Bookmakers believe that the match between Brazil and Argentina will not be productive: a total of more than 2.5 goals is equal to 2.65 and a total of less than 2.5 goals is equal to 1.52. If the hosts score, the odds will be 1.41. The away goal is available in betting houses with an odds of 1.50. You can bet on “both will score” for 2.18.
Analysis and forecast for the match on the sixth day of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup Brazil – Argentina (11/22/2023)
Club football took a break, giving way to national team matches. While selection for the 2024 Euro Cup is taking place in Europe, qualification for the 2026 World Cup is taking place in South America. Five matches in the sixth round will be played on November 22. In one of them, the two strongest teams on the continent, Brazil and Argentina, will compete. The starting whistle will sound at 3:30 Moscow time.
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The yellow-greens approach the Qatar World Cup as one of the main favorites. However, after being eliminated from the tournament, everything went downhill. The experienced Adenor Tite was fired. His place will be taken by Carlo Ancelotti, but this will only happen after he ends his contract with Real Madrid in 2024. And that can still change.
Until then, Fernando Diniz will lead the yellow-greens. In five games under his direction, the team only defeated Bolivia (5-1) and Peru (1-0). Furthermore, in the match with the Peruvians, they were saved from losing points at the end, in the 90th minute. Marquinhos scored the goal from a pass from Neymar.
After that, the “chosen ones” tied with Venezuela (1-1), lost to Uruguay (0-2) and Colombia (1-2). The reason for the deterioration of results lies in the epidemic of injuries that plagues the Brazilian team. Almost all of its leaders ended up in the hospital: Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Casemiro and Richarlison.
The yellow-greens lost all their appeal for an indefinite period of time. To replace the players who ended up in hospital, Diniz brought many young talents into the national team, particularly Endrick and Paulinho. However, young players lack experience and leadership qualities.
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For the Argentine team everything is completely different. They lead the qualification for the 2026 World Cup. The difference with the next Uruguay is two points. In five games, Lionel Scaloni’s team only lost to the Uruguayans (0-2).
For the blue and white, this defeat was the first in 2023. Thanks to him, the Argentines’ impressive streak of 14 unbeaten games was interrupted.
Furthermore, the match against the Uruguayans was remembered for the scandalous episode involving the blue and white captain Lionel Messi. In one of the fights, he grabbed opposing defender Matías Oliveira by the neck. In the post-match interview, he said that young people should respect their elders.
The match, at first, was tough, with many fouls and a considerable number of yellow cards. It’s strange that there were no eliminations. Both the Argentinians and the Uruguayans often broke the rules and played rudely. The rivals tried to stop Messi by all possible means and they succeeded. The striker got angry and didn’t give his best performance.
The next match will also be a difficult emotional test for Messi. The meetings between Brazilians and Argentines are always based on principles. Often the situation in them is tense to the limit. However, this time it is clear who is the favorite.
You can bet on the victory of the Argentine team in the bookmakers with an odds of 3.20. The personnel losses weakened the yellow-greens too much. And Fernando Diniz still hasn’t gotten completely used to his position. He had never before managed a national team. Lionel Scaloni will have more experience than the Brazilian.
Prediction and bets for the 2026 World Cup qualification match Brazil – Argentina November 22, 2023
The Brazilian team has changed a lot after the World Cup in Qatar. The transformation took place for the worse. The yellow-greens have lost almost all of their protagonists and have not yet had time to get used to Diniz’s demands. It seems that the world champions will make amends for their defeat in the match against Uruguay. Failure is unlikely to faze them. Argentina has an excellent squad and chemistry, and the leaders arrive in good shape.
Tender: Argentina wins with a quota of 3.20.