Old rivals Brazil and Argentina meet in Saudi Arabia for an international friendly in name only on Friday evening.
While there is little more than pride at stake at the two nations meet in Riyadh, Lionel Messi will be the star of the show as the Barcelona legend returns from suspension.
Messi was banned for three months by CONMEBOL for his comments in the wake of Argentina’s Copa America disappointment, criticising tournament officials as Brazil lifted the trophy.
The Barca forward is in brilliant form at Camp Nou, and will no doubt be desperate to exorcise some demons against the Selecao – but Tite’s squad look strong and ready for a scrap.
Brazil 2-1 Argentina: Anything can happen when Messi is playing, but Brazil have shown themselves to have the edge over their neighbours in the past two years.
Betting tips and odds via Betfair Exchange
- Brazil: 11/8
- Draw: 9/4
- Argentina: 9/4
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Neymar misses out following the hamstring injury he suffered during the last international break.
However, Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz has earned a call-up along with Real Madrid’s Rodrygo.
Goalkeepers: Alisson, Ederson, Daniel Fuzato
Defenders: Danilo, Emerson, Alex Sandro, Renan Lodi, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Eder Militao, Felipe
Midfielders: Casemiro, Arthur, Fabinho, Douglas Luiz, Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Paqueta, Willian
Forwards: David Neres, Roberto Firmino), Richarlison, Gabriel Jesus, Rodrygo
Lionel Messi is back for the Albiceleste, and should play at least some part against the Selecao.
Goalkeepers: Agustin Marchesin, Juan Musso, Emiliano Martinez, Esteban Andrada
Defenders: Juan Foyth, Renzo Saravia, Nicolas Otamendi, German Pezzella, Marcos Rojo, Walter Kannemann, Nicolas Taglafico, Nehuen Perez, Guido Rodriguez
Midfielders: Giovani lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Nicolas Dominguez, Rodrigo de Paul, Marcos Acuna, Roberto Pereyra, Lucas Ocampos
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Gonzalez, Lucas Alario, Lautaro Martinez, Paulo Dybala
TV channel and live stream information
The match will not be televised in the UK as it stands.
Standard Sport will have live coverage on our dedicated match blog with our Spain correspondent Ben Hayward.
Head to head (H2H) results history
Brazil edge this famous fixture with 46 wins to Argentina’s 39, and 25 draws.
The last time these two nations met, Brazil won 2-0 in the Copa America semi-final in Belo Horizonte on 2 July this year en route to lifting the trophy.
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