UAE vs Venezuela
Date: Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys (Barcelona).
Catalan capital Barcelona will play host to a low-profile friendly between United Arab Emirates and Venezuela on Tuesday afternoon. The match will serve as a final test before the AFC Asian Cup in January for UAE, while Venezuela have two more friendlies against the Asian opposition (Japan and Iran) upcoming in November.
The South American outfit will come into the game off the back of a tough 4-2 loss to the Basque Country side on Friday evening in Vitoria-Gazteiz. It was a rather poor defensive performance from the team led by Rafael Dudamel who will be hoping to see much greater effort from his lads here against an easier opposition in the likes of UAE. La Vinotinto were previously enjoying a fine defensive shape as they shipped fewer than two goals in eight of last nine international affairs before the mentioned defeat to the Basque Country outfit. It’s a respectable streak given they played the likes of Colombia (twice), Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in the process.
UAE vs Venezuela: Head-to-head
The two sides did not have chance to come across each other in the past.
UAE vs Venezuela: Prediction
UAE, who came fourth in the final round of the Asian World Cup Qualifications (top three sides advanced), drew 1-1 to Honduras on Thursday. Al-Hilal’s Omar Abdulrahman bagged the only goal for the Whites on the occasion. He is the only player outside the domestic league (Al-Hilal is a club based in Saudi Arabia) in the team.
The Asians are led by the famous Italian manager Alberto Zaccheroni who has huge issues with the lack of firepower in the final third in his ranks. The team failed to find the back of the net in three straight games against Gabon, Andorra and Trinidad & Tobago. They did find three past Laos a month ago, but such result will count for little when they come face to face with a stronger rival in the likes of Venezuela.
We fancy La Vinotinto to grab the victory at 2.15 here.
UAE vs Venezuela: Bet Tips
Venezuela to win @ 2.15 (23/20)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.61 (8/13).