Argentina and Brazil are seeking to continue their victories in the third round of South American qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The Argentina national team is looking forward to following its good start when it hosts Paraguay tomorrow (Thursday), after it started its qualifying campaign with two victories over Ecuador / 1-0 / and Bolivia / 2-1 /.
Argentina star Lionel Messi is in doubt, after he participated in the best player in the world six times in the second half of Barcelona’s match against Betis last week.
It is also certain that strikers Paulo Dybala and Sergio Agüero will be absent from the Argentina squad, while coach Lionel Scaloni may push the other offensive card, Joaquin Correa, who scored the winning goal in the last ten minutes against Bolivia, and Lucas Alario, after scoring seven goals for Bayer Leverkusen in the last four matches.
Brazil, the Copa America champion, will meet Venezuela in Sao Paulo on Friday, seeking to achieve its third successive victory after two victories over Bolivia (5-0) and Peru (4-2 /).
Brazil coach Tite will miss his most prominent star, Neymar, after suffering a thigh injury during his participation with his French club, Paris Saint-Germain, in the Champions League last month in Turkey.
While goalkeeper Alison Baker and striker Gabriel Gesos have returned from injury, Brazil midfielders Casemiro, Felipe Coutinho and Fabinho Tavares will be absent.
Tomorrow, Ecuador and Bolivia will meet, with Ecuador having three points, while Bolivia is bottom of the standings without any point.
The Uruguayan national team plays its third-ranked host Colombia in an upcoming match tomorrow (Friday), in an attempt to compensate for its heavy loss to Ecuador 2-4 last month.
Uruguay will miss Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde after suffering a broken leg bone, in addition to Maxi Gomez with a knee injury.
On Friday, the Peruvian national team, runners-up to the Copa America, will meet Chile, the two continental champions in 2015 and 2016, as the two teams, who each have one point, are looking for their first victory in the qualifiers.
The South American qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which are held in a league manner, are participating in 10 teams: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
The top four teams qualify directly for the finals, while the fifth-placed team plays with the Oceania champions in the two play-off matches.