Our football match prediction:
All eyes will be on Estadio Governador Magalhaes when Brazil and Argentina face each other in El Clasico de las Americas. The Brazilians are eyeing their fifth consecutive win in the World Cup qualifiers, but Friday’s football match against Argentina will be anything but a walk in the park for the Selecao. Tite’s men managed to keep three clean sheets in previous four games in their World Cup qualifying group and we predict that the hosts will rely on their defence in the upcoming derby. La Albiceleste, on the other hand, suffered a shocking 1-0 loss to Paraguay in their last qualifying match, but it has to be noted that Manchester City attacker Kun Aguero missed a penalty during the match. Argentina are on a three-game winless run ahead of the trip to Brazil, but we believe that Leo Messi and Co. will be happy with one point from the match.
Highlighted Player (Marcelo):
Marcelo is a Brazilian football player who has always been compared with Robero Carlos. The pacey full back has a very powerful shoot and he often makes life difficult for opposition defenders. Marcelo was born in Rio de Janeiro on 12 May, 1988 and he played for Fluminense during his youth career. He made 30 league appearances for Flu and in 2007 he joined Real Madrid. The Brazilian ace made his Real Madrid debut against Deportivo La Coruna on 7 January, 2007, coming as a substitute in the second half of the match. He made his first start in a 2-1 loss to Racing de Santander. Marcelo won two Champions League trophies with los Blancos (2013/2014, 2015/2016), while clinching three La Liga titles (2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2011/2012). The Real Madrid full back represented Brazil at the 2008 Summer Olympics and he won the bronze medal with the Selecao. Four years later, the Brazilians won the silver medal at the Summer Olympics in London. Marcelo’s contract with Real Madrid expires on 30 June, 2020.
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.