Brazil vs Saudi Arabia

Brazil vs Saudi Arabia : Tite will look to pave the next era of the Brazil side when they face Saudi Arabia in an international friendly ahead of a meeting with Argentina. International Match match Saudi Arabia vs Brazil Preview and stats followed by commentary highlights and match report.

Brazil will get the first stage of their rebuilding process following a disappointing World Cup underway when they face Saudi Arabia in a friendly fixture taking place in Riyadh.

Tite has brought stars such as Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho to Saudi Arabia but, with one eye looking ahead to another friendly match against Argentina, he will be likely to assess his squad and probe with different formations.

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Tite is predicted to experiment with his side ahead of a massive friendly fixture against Argentina, but will be expected to slot Jesus straight into attack – while the likes of Ederson, Neymar and Coutinho are expected to be handed starts.Real Madrid defender Marcelo has been ruled out of the meetings due to injury.

Tottenham forward Lucas Moura has earned a recall to the national side after being away for two years, and the likes of Richarlison are also expected to be called upon at some stage in the game – after the young Everton starlet was handed his first call-up during the last international break, scoring against El Salvador on his first start.

Brazil won both of their friendly matches against the US national team and El Salvador last month but will still be nursing the pain of being eliminated at the quarter-final stage in the World Cup at the hands of Belgium.
As far as 2019 Asian Cup preparations go, they do not come much more difficult.

On Friday, Saudi Arabia face Brazil in a friendly at Riyadh’s King Saud University Stadium, as the five-time world champions’ Global Tour takes them to the Middle East for the first time since 2010.

The match, only Saudi’s second since this summer’s Fifa World Cup, serves not only as an important tune-up ahead of January’s Asian Cup in the UAE, but represents part of a four-team tournament staged in the Kingdom this coming week.

Alongside Saudi and Brazil, Argentina meet Iraq on Thursday in Riyadh, before the annual ‘Super Clasico’ between the two South American rivals takes place on Tuesday at King Abdullah Sports City.

The tournament, initiated by Turki Al Sheikh, the head of Saudi’s General Sports Authority, has been devised in part to provide the national team high-calibre opposition in the build-up to the Asian Cup.
Saudi Arabia, three-time continental champions, have been drawn in Group E alongside Qatar, Lebanon and North Korea. They open their account against North Korea in Dubai on January 8.

With that forming his focus, manager Juan Antonio Pizzi says he is grateful for Friday’s tough test in Riyadh.

“Having Brazil and Argentina in the ‘Super Clasico’ tournament brings a lot of momentum to this tournament,” the Argentine said. “Playing Brazil will deliver great benefits for our preparations for the Asian Cup.

“The support we at the national team and the league have been getting from Turki Al Sheikh has created a more competitive environment.”

The composition of the Brazil squad confirms the difficulty of the task at hand. Manager Tite has brought with him to Saudi a strong side, with both their matches expected to feature a host of marquee names, including Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus.

Brazil will get the first stage of their rebuilding process following a disappointing World Cup underway when they face Saudi Arabia in a friendly fixture taking place in Riyadh.

Tite has brought stars such as Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho to Saudi Arabia but, with one eye looking ahead to another friendly match against Argentina, he will be likely to assess his squad and probe with different formations.
New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.

Tite is predicted to experiment with his side ahead of a massive friendly fixture against Argentina, but will be expected to slot Jesus straight into attack – while the likes of Ederson, Neymar and Coutinho are expected to be handed starts.Real Madrid defender Marcelo has been ruled out of the meetings due to injury.

Potential Brazil XI: Ederson; Sandro, Pablo, Marquinhos, Fabinho; Augusto, Casemiro, Fred; Coutinho, Neymar, Jesus.Tottenham forward Lucas Moura has earned a recall to the national side after being away for two years, and the likes of Richarlison are also expected to be called upon at some stage in the game – after the young Everton starlet was handed his first call-up during the last international break, scoring against El Salvador on his first start.

Brazil won both of their friendly matches against the US national team and El Salvador last month but will still be nursing the pain of being eliminated at the quarter-final stage in the World Cup at the hands of Belgium.
As far as 2019 Asian Cup preparations go, they do not come much more difficult.

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