Our prediction for this match:
All eyes will be on King Saud University Stadium when Brazil and Argentina face each other in a friendly on Friday evening. The Selecao failed to win previous four friendly games and, no doubt, they are determined to get back on course. PSG superstar Neymar is sidelined with injury, but Man City attacker Gabriel Jesus is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Yet another man to watch in Tite’s team will be Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino, who is likely to pose a big threat for Argentina defenders.
La Albiceleste, on the other hand, aim to build on a splendid 6-1 win over Ecuador. The Argentinians welcome Leo Messi back to the starting line-up and given Paulo Dybala’s fine form, we are positive that Lionel Scaloni’s troops are going to grab something from the game. Taking everything into account, we predict that the two fierce rivals are going to share the spoils in Riyadh.
Highlighted Player (Philippe Coutinho):
Philippe Coutinho is a Brazilian football player born on 12th of June 1992 in Rio de Janeiro. Coutinho started his football career for Vasco da Gama where he played in the youth as well. By the age of 16 Internazionale signed Coutinho but let him play in Brazil until he was 18 years old.
After 2 difficult seasons Internazionale let Coutinho go for a loan period to Espanyol and after 1 season he got transferred to Liverpool for approximately 8 million euro. Coutinho played in several youth teams of Brazil but made his debut for the first team in October 2010.
With a height of only 171cm Coutinho is physically weak. He compensates his physical ability by being very creative, having a great vision and passing. The preferred position of Coutinho is attacking midfielder where he gets easily into the right position to give an assist.
Coutinho won the Italian Suppercoppa, the worldcup for club teams and the World Cup of nations U20. Coutinho was part of the Liverpool team that was able to become second in the Premier League.
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.