Brazil v Argentina: Team news, predictions & likely lineups
South America By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 02/07/2019
Two of the biggest rivals in international football will lock horns once again this week as Brazil face off against Argentina in the semi-finals at Estadio Mineirao for a place in the final of the Copa America final.The Selecao go into the match as favourites to progress against La Albiceleste side that has failed to hit top gear so far in this summer's tournament, with a showdown against either holder's Chile or Peru awaiting the winner.Team NewsBrazil left-back Filipe Luís, who was replaced at half-time in the Paraguay meeting, missed training on Saturday to undergo physiotherapy and is doubtful for Wednesday's game. Everton striker Richarlison, who missed the Paraguay game, is set to return to training after contracting mumps but is unlikely to start against Argentina, while Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho, who suffered an injury to his right knee while playing Venezuela, is also doubtful as he continues treatment. Argentina have no new injury concerns to worry about, but Scaloni must decide whether to start Giovani Lo Celso after he came off the bench to score against Venezuela.Lautaro Martinez is expected to start again having scored in Argentina's last two games, with Messi slotting in behind him and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.There is a decision to be made at right-back, where Scaloni has used three different players during the four tournament games so far, with Tottenham Hotspur's Juan Foyth the latest to fill in but Paulo Dybala and Angel di Maria are among the big names who could once again miss out on a place in the starting eleven.Head to Head These two great rivals have not met at the Copa America since 2007 final, which Brazil won 3-0 with Dani Alves among the scorers.