Venezuela vs Argentina
Date: Friday, 28 June 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Maracanã (Rio de Janeiro).
Argentina should consider themselves lucky to have crawled through to the knockouts, after going winless in their first two games. Their final group-stage match was against Asian champions, Qatar, for whom the inexperience at this level was too much to handle.
Right away in the 4th minute of the game, the Qataris fumbled and let in an easy goal, to put themselves under pressure. Later, though they did try to make a comeback, the spirited Argentines defended with their heart on the pitch, unable to face humiliation at their arch rival’s home ground.
The match ended 2-0, with Lautaro Martinez, and Kun Aguero on the scorecards. Skipper Lionel Messi was adjudged the Man of the Match.
Venezuela has impressed with its iron-clad defense in this year’s Copa, keeping even the free-flowing Brazil at bay. So far from their three ties in the competition, the team has conceded just a single goal, and the one goal came at a point when their progression to the Quarter Finals was all but imminent.
They also have the confidence of delivering a loss to this same opponent just three months back, in a friendly international. The score then was 1-3, in favor of the Venezuelans.
Venezuela vs Argentina Head-to-head (h2h)
- 18 of the last 20 wins went to Argentina.
- The last four clashes had goals from both teams.
- These two teams locked horns in the previous edition of this competition, and at this same stage as well. Then the Albiceleste registered a massive 4-1 win.
- Only once has Argentina failed to score against this opponent.
Venezuela vs Argentina Prediction
By now, facing pressure must be the norm for the Argentine players. Every time they line up for a game, the players face intense scrutiny from world media as well as home fans.
They need this win, and the squad could thank their lucky stars, that they avoided facing tough customer Chile so early in the tournament, which group champions, Colombia, will be doing.
Venezuela will not be a walk in the park though. They have transformed themselves into a good defensive unit, and even the mighty Brazilians failed to score against them. Moreover, the former also has the confidence of the 3-1 win just months back against this same opponent.
Lionel Scaloni will have to set his players to contain the Venezuelan attack and ensure a clean sheet at any cost. The experience his star-studded forwards have at the elite level will benefit him manifold. Moreover, the guy finally seems to have figured out how to employ both Paulo Dybala and Lionel Messi at the same time.
History-wise Albiceleste should make mincemeat out of this opposition. But the old world champions are a shadow of the once terror-inspiring team. Still, the fact that Venezuela has just seven wins from their last 30 games, gives them hope.
Moreover, the desperation the players are going through could be used in a positive manner to bring out the absolute best in them. As such, expect both squads to defend with the utmost sincerity, and give a low goal-scoring affair.
Scaloni’s men should scrape through to the next round, and set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash with Brazil, considering the inexperience of their counterparts at this competitive level.
Venezuela vs Argentina Betting Tips
Under 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.80 (4/5)
Argentina to Win @ 1.60 (3/5).