International Friendlies Odds and Predictions: Brazil vs Argentina
On Saturday October 11th Brazil and Argentina will play a friendly football match at the Beijing National Stadium.
As two of the most successful South American teams there is a long and fierce rivalry between them which is evident every time that they meet. They have played numerous times, more than 15 since the year 2000. Most recently they played three friendly games in 2012, Argentina won the first 4 -3, Brazil won the second 2 – 1 and Argentina won the third by the same score line.
After this year’s World Cup Argentina are ranked second in the world according to the FIFA rankings while Brazil is ranked sixth.
Most recently Brazil beat Ecuador 1 – 0 in a friendly last month, they also beat Colombia 1 – 0. However, at the World Cup Brazil did not have much luck losing 3 – 0 to the Netherlands and 7 – 1 to Germany.
Last month Argentina beat Germany 4 – 2 in their first match since the World Cup. Their previous game was the World Cup final against Germany which they lost 1 – 0. On their way to the final at the World Cup Argentina also drew 0 – 0 with the Netherlands and beat both Belgium and Switzerland 1 – 0.
Brazilian football star Kaka hasn’t played an international game for a while but he has been called up for the coming friendly.
This is Kaka’s first appearance for his country since early 2013. He was rarely used when Luiz Felipe Scolari was boss of the team but Carlos Dunga has taken over since Brazil’s defeat in the World Cup. When Dunga was boss from 2006 to 2010 Kaka was a regular member of the team and it looks as if he may become so again.
Argentina is also under a new coach, Gerardo Martino and judging by their display against Germany last month he is already having an impact. Having lost the World Cup in Brazil just a few months ago, the team are sure to be out to prove themselves and will certainly not be a push over. They will have added determination due to the fact that they have won just 5 out of their last 22 matches against Brazil.
The bookies think that this match is going to be extremely close.
The odds on an Argentinian victory have been set at around 8/5 while a Brazilian victory has been set at around 3/2. A draw has been set at around 9/4.
William Hill Odds: 7/5 Argentina to Win, 21/10 for a Draw and 8/5 Brazil to Win.
Ladbrokes Odds: 31/20 Argentina to Win, 9/4 for a Draw and 31/20 Brazil to Win.