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 News

Brazil 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.

Indeed, the Selecao are unbeaten in their last four Copa America meetings with La Albiceleste stretching back to 1993, when Argentina won on penalties en route to the title.

Brazil and Argentina have faced each other a total of 110 times throughout their history, with Selecao winning 45, La Albiceleste winning 39 and 26 endings in a draw but the most recent contest in any competition came in October when the host won 1-0 in Saudi Arabia.

Recent Form

Brazil's unbeaten run stretches all the way back to that World Cup quarter-final loss to Belgium in July 2018 and out of the 14 fixtures they've played since then, they've won an astounding 11 two of the three draws have come in their last five games; both of which were in the Copa América. 

Argentina have also won three out of their last five games, albeit they are not unbeaten thanks to that 2-0 loss against Colombia in their opening fixture of the competition.

Brazil possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Silva, Sandro; Arthur, Casemiro; Jesus, Coutinho, Everton; Firmino

Argentina possible starting lineup: Armani; Foyth, Pezzella, Otamendi, Tagliafico; De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso; Messi; Aguero, Martinez

Prediction: Brazil 2-1 Argentina