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Argentina vs Brazil: possible line-ups, injured and suspended players

Argentina can join Brazil at Qatar 2022 when they face the Seleção in World Cup qualifying in San Juan on Tuesday.

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi gestures during a training session in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, on November 9, 2021, ahead of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifier matches against Uruguay on November 12 and against Brazil on November 16. (Photo by JUAN MA

Argentina host already-through Brazil in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying on Tuesday, in a clash that could see La Albiceleste book their ticket to Qatar 2022.

Follow the Argentina vs Brazil live online

Lionel Scaloni’s men sit second in South America’s qualifying group, six points behind Brazil, who confirmed their World Cup spot with a 1-0 win over Colombia last week.

Argentina have a 12-point lead over Colombia in fifth, and will be guaranteed to finish in one of the four automatic qualification places if they beat Brazil and any two of Los Cafeteros, Chile and Uruguay fail to win on Tuesday. The two-time world champions will also qualify if they draw with Brazil and two of Colombia, Chile and Uruguay fail to win.

Argentina team news

Argentina head coach Scaloni says Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi will be in the hosts' line-up at the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, after the 34-year-old featured for the final quarter of an hour of Friday’s 1-0 qualifying victory over Uruguay.

Messi has missed PSG’s last two games through injury, but on Monday Scaloni told reporters he's fit to start against Brazil: "Against Uruguay, we decided that Messi would play a few minutes to see how he was and he will play tomorrow. We hope he feels good."

Meanwhile, PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes has recovered from a muscle strain suffered against Peru in October, but his involvement against Brazil remains up in the air. Paulo Dybala is also a selection doubt after the Juventus forward was taken off at half time of the Uruguay win with a calf issue.

Possible Argentina line-up against Brazil:

Emiliano Martínez, Gonzalo Montiel, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Marcos Acuña, Guido Rodríguez, Rodrigo de Paul, Giovanni Lo Celso, Lionel Messi, Ángel Di María, Lautaro Martínez.

Brazil team news

For Brazil, the main team news is that Neymar won’t be a part of Tite’s side in San Juan, after the PSG forward picked up a thigh problem in training on Monday.

Brazil will also be without Casemiro, who serves a one-match ban for accumulated yellow cards after being booked in the win over Colombia. Liverpool’s Fabinho is expected to replace the Real Madrid man at the base of the Seleção’s midfield.

Possible Brazil line-up:

Alisson, Danilo, Éder Militão, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro, Fred, Fabinho, Lucas Paquetá, Raphinha, Matheus Cunha, Vinícius Júnior

Neymar (right) has been ruled out for Brazil, but his Paris Saint-Germain club-mate Lionel Messi (left) is set to start for Argentina.
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Neymar (right) has been ruled out for Brazil, but his Paris Saint-Germain club-mate Lionel Messi (left) is set to start for Argentina.MAURO PIMENTELAFP

Argentina vs Brazil: times and how to watch

The matchday-14 CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying clash between Argentina and Brazil will kick off at the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, San Juan, at 8:30pm local time. In the United States, that’s 6:30pm ET and 3:30pm PT.

Viewers in the US will be able to watch the match on Fubo Sports Network.

See also

Argentina vs Brazil: live with AS USA

You can also follow the Qatar 2022 qualifier with AS USA. Dane Arlauckas will be providing live-text coverage of the game, offering build-up from about an hour ahead of kick off, before talking you through the action in San Juan.