Our football match prediction:
There will be fireworks when Brazil and Argentina take on each other at Melbourne Cricket Ground in an international friendly. The Selecao have been producing scintillating in all competitions ever since new coach Tite took over the reins and they are eyeing their tenth consecutive win in all competitions. The Brazilians are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in el Clasico de las Americas and we predict that they are going to find the net in Friday’s football match. Argentina, on the other hand, suffered a shocking loss to Bolivia in their last World Cup qualifying match and, no doubt, they are desperate to give fans some cheer. As always, a man to watch in Jorge Sampaoli’s team will be Leo Messi, who scored 37 goals in 34 appearances for Barcelona in the 2016/2017 La Liga campaign. Taking everything into account, both teams are likely to score in Friday’s showdown in Melbourne.
Highlighted Player (Bernard):
After spending three years at Atletico Mineiro, Brazilian winger Bernard signed a five-year deal with Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee of €25 million. The left-footed player won the 2013/2014 Ukrainian Premier League trophy with the Miners and he was part of the Shakhtar squad that clinched the Ukrainian Super Cup in 2015. Bernard is well known for his brilliant technique and he is considered one of the fastest players in the Ukrainian Premier League. The Brazilian footballer represented his homeland at the 2016 Copa America and he won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013. Bernard made his Brazil debut on 21 November, 2012, coming as a substitute in the Superclasico de las Americas against Argentina. He represented Brazil at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and it has to be noted that he played all 90 minutes in an embarrassing 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals of the showpiece tournament. Bernard was born on 8 September, 1992 in Belo Horizonte.
Highlighted Team (Argentina):
Members of the CONMEBOL confederation Argentina national team are headed by coach Gerardo Martino and are considered one of the most nations in footballing world. Renowned for their attacking powers and defensive discipline Argentina have been playing their international matches since 1901 and their first ever competitive victory over Uruguay 3-2. Commonly referred to as La Seleccion, Argentina are top of the FIFA world ranking, but their most recent records have been below par with the team last winning a major trophy in 1993. Two-time World Cup winners have lost the 2014 final to Germany coming agonizingly close to the crown they last won in 1986. Javier Zanetti is the most capped player with 143 matches to his name while Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi with 124 and 108 respectively are the current team members with most games to their name. Barcelona star Lionel Messi is six goals short behind Gabriel Batistuta who is the team’s top scorer with 56 goals he scored playing for La Seleccion from 1991 to 2002.