Argentina host Brazil for Matchday 14 of the Conmebol 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. Both teams have been dominant during the tournament and this will be their first match for Qualifiers, after their suspended encounter in Brazil two months ago. Check out the lineups of both national teams in this new edition of the South American derby.
La Albiceleste are second in the standings, six points behind La Canarinha, who have already booked their ticket to Qatar 2022. Lionel Scaloni’s team remained unbeaten in the tournament, with eight wins and four draws, and will try to extend that record.
The same is for Brazil, who have 11 wins and one draw so far. Both teams also come after two tight victories. While Argentina defeated Uruguay 1-0 with a goal from Angel Di María, Brazil won over Colombia with Lucas Paqueta’s goal.
Argentina’s starting eleven
The great news for Argentina is that Lionel Messi is back. He has only played fifteen minutes against Uruguay as he’s coming back from a knee and hamstring injury but Lionel Scaloni said that Messi's cameo was to prepare him for this encounter.
Leandro Paredes is also back after being on the sidelines for a while. So, Argentina's starting lineup against Brazil is: Emiliano Martinez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Acuña; Angel Di Maria, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Giovani Lo Celso; Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martínez.
On the other side, Brazil will have to face Argentina without defender midfielder Casemiro, who is suspended for the match due to an accumulation of bookings. Tite’s called Edelnilson in his place, however, a more likely substitute would be Fabinho. But the worst news is that Neymar is also ruled out.
This is Brazil’s lineup against Argentina: Allison; Danilo, Marquinhos, Eder Militao, Alex Sandro; Fred, Fabinho, Paqueta; Raphinha, Matheus Cunha, Vinicius Jr.