Live on ESPN: Wed 17.00: Brazil are 19/10 (bet365) to beat Argentina in Doha, Qatar, as Sergio Batista steps into the fray.
Batista is taking charge of Argentina for the first time and his talent-ridden squad are slim 8/5 favs with Boylesports to win this highly charged derby encounter.
Mano, Dunga’s successor in the Brazil set-up, has had 3 games to bed into team operations and has managed to keep a clean sheet in each of the 3 games (all wins) he has been in charge – admittedly against the USA, Iran and Ukraine.
With the withdrawal of Aguero and Tevez, Argentina lose a touch of class and bite (respectively) upfront but Messi will be present. Brazil will be without Maicon and reintroduce the dangerous Neymar, as well as Ronaldinho.
Argentina can shock the Brazilian defence who may be sitting on the laurels of 3 clean sheets and get themselves on the scoresheet but the class of Brazil should show. Both teams to score is a good place to start at 4/5 with .