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.

Preview

Brazil vs Argentina

Venue:
King Saud University Stadium
Kick-off time: 5pm GMT, Friday November 15

Prediction

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

Correct score

Scoreline Brazil win Argentina win Draw
1-0 7/1 8/1 0-0 (7/1)
2-0 9/1 13/1 1-1 (9/2)
2-1 8/1 10/1 2-2 (13/1)
3-0 20/1 35/1

 

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Tickets

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Team news

Brazil squad

Neymar misses out following the hamstring injury he suffered during the last international break.

(AFP via Getty Images)

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

Argentina squad

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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