Argentina vs Venezuela
Date: Friday, 22 March 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid).
Estadio Wanda Metropolitano will play host to South American friendly between Argentina and Venezuela on Friday evening. Local crowd in Madrid should have the chance to watch Lionel Messi once again as Barcelona’s superstar has been called up for the first time since the World Cup failure last summer in Russia.
Messi has been enjoying a stellar form lately and his brilliant displays guided Barcelona to huge successes of late. Lionel notched six goals in last three appearances for Blaugrana, including last weekend’s hat-trick against Real Betis at Estadio Benito Villamarin.
The head coach Lionel Scaloni will be without Manchester City’s important duo Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendin here. Mauro Icardi and Gonzalo Higuain are also absent as we can expect Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez to lead the line alongside Paulo Dybala and Lionel Messi.
Argentina vs Venezuela: Head-to-head
Argentina were the dominant force in the history of head to head ties against La Vinotinto.
La Albiceleste won 13, drew 2 and lost just 1 of past 16 meetings with Venezuela.
However, Venezuela managed to hold Argentina to draws in last two H2H encounters.
Argentina vs Venezuela: Prediction
La Vinotinto are unbeaten in last four official friendlies. They held Asian heavyweights Japan and Iran to a pair of 1-1 draws in November last year and will generally come into this tie with Argentina high on confidence. Can they build on last two draws against La Albiceleste and hold Messi & company down here? Anything but defeat would definitely boost up Venezuela’s confidence significantly ahead of Copa America this summer.
Anyhow, it is hard to see such scenario coming. Argentina significantly improved their defensive displays under the new manager Scaloni. La Albiceleste kept five clean sheets in cast six friendlies and they will come into this off the back of two separate 2-0 wins over Mexico in November 2018.
The main bet is Argentina to keep a clean sheet at the odds of 1.80, while you can also back La Albiceleste to win by at least two goals difference at 1.90 odds.
Argentina vs Venezuela: Bet Tips
Argentina to keep a clean sheet @ 1.80 (4/5)
Argentina to win in -1.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.90 (9/10).