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Brazil, Argentina set to lock horns in fiery friendly encounter

Gabriel Jesus Brazil Argentina international friendly soccer betting odds

They say there is no such thing as a friendly game when old South American rivals Brazil and Argentina lock horns, and that theory is set to be put to the test on Tuesday when they meet at the King Abdullah Sports City Reserve Stadium in Jeddah. With the two footballing giants recording one-sided wins last time out against limited opposition, the hope remains that, despite being only a friendly game, it could be an encounter to remember.

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  • Brazil has won 17 of the last 31 meetings between these two teams.
  • Brazil took four points off Argentina in CONMEBOL qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
  • Argentina won the most recent match between the two sides 1-0 in June 2017.

Tite looking to rebuild following World Cup disappointment

Brazil went into the World Cup earlier this summer as the outright favorite to win the FIFA competition for a record sixth time. Things did not quite pan out that way, however, with the seleção falling at the quarterfinal stage to Belgium, going out 2-1.

Argentina, by way of comparison, had a disastrous time in Russia, losing to eventual champion France at the Round of 16 stage. To make matters worse, they come into this game against their most bitter rivals without their star man, Lionel Messi.

It is therefore of little surprise that it is Brazil that comes into this friendly contest as the clear favorite to walk away triumphant. You can back Brazil to bag bragging rights at just -188, with Argentina all the way out at +550 to do the same. A draw is priced in the middle at a price of +280.

Brazil looking in better shape

There is no denying that, under Tite, Brazil has looked a transformed team and, despite that setback at the World Cup, the Brazilian Football Confederation has decided to keep him on as head coach. Furthermore, the Brazilians have almost a full-strength squad to choose from, with the likes of Alisson, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar and Gabriel Jesus all at Tite’s disposal.

New Argentine boss Lionel Sebastian Scaloni is still trying to work out his best XI, but can be buoyed by the fact that his side has yet to concede a goal on his watch. The Argentines recorded a goalless draw with Colombia, as well as comprehensive victories over Guatemala (3-0) and Iraq (4-0).

But this is a game we are very much expecting Brazil to dominate. Back in November 2016, Brazil thrashed Argentina 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Belo Horizonte, and you can back the seleção to win by the same scoreline on this occasion at a competitive price of +1000.

Meanwhile, you can back OVER 2.5 goals in the game at +105, and a combo of a Brazil win coupled with OVER 2.5 goals in the game comes in at +160. This should very much be Brazil’s night to shine.

Argentina set to struggle against efficiency of Brazilian machine

The Argentines look to have gone back to square one following their World Cup disaster. While that may well turn out to be a solid long-term plan, it does little to help them come Tuesday night against one of the most powerful sides on the international stage.

You can back Brazil to win this game to nil (without Argentina scoring a goal) at a price of just +137. Meanwhile, you can back the Brazilians to score in both halves – just as they did in their most recent game, a comfortable 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia – at +162. You can back them to win both halves – again, like they managed against Saudi Arabia – at the slightly higher price of +300.

Gabriel Jesus scored his first goal for Brazil since June 10 in that latest friendly win, and we expect him to get on the scoresheet once again on Tuesday. The Manchester City striker is at +137 to score at any time, while you can back him at +400 to open or close the scoring, as he did last week against the Saudis, grabbing the first goal of the game just before halftime.

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