South America’s 2022 World Cup qualification campaign resumes next month with unbeaten Argentina travelling to struggling Venezuela on Friday at 1am (UK time).
The Copa America winners have won three and drawn three so far in the continent’s battle for a place at Qatar next year, but for Venezuela their chances of reaching the competition’s finals are looking increasingly unlikely unless they can start putting points on the board.
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Where to watch Venezuela vs Argentina on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports 1
- US: Fubo Sports Network
Scoreline prediction: Venezuela 0-2 Argentina
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Venezuela vs Argentina build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
It has been a difficult qualification campaign for Venezuela so far, who have just the single win over Chile and a recent draw with Uruguay to show for their six games, which leaves them second from last in the table and four points adrift of the top four. With Rafael Dudamel leaving his position in January, current Deportivo Lara manager Leonardo Gonzalez has the job of juggling club and international football, with the Venezuelan also coaching the national team.
For Argentina they will still be buoyant after their Copa America win, but Lionel Scaloni must just temper that excitement and ensure complacency doesn’t creep into his side’s game, or risk jeopardising their position in the qualification table’s top four. La Albiceleste enter this contest off the back of consecutive draws in the qualifiers, a 1-1 result with Chile and a 2-2 stalemate against Colombia, so Scaloni will be eyeing up a return to winning ways.
- Venezuela (vs Peru): Farinez; Rosales, Ferraresi, Villanueva, Mago, Hernandez; Savarino, Moreno, Castillo, Casseres; Cordova.
- Argentina (vs Brazil): D Martinez; Montiel, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; De Paul, Paredes, Di Maria, Lo Celso; Messi, L Martinez.
Emiliano Martinez and Emi Buendia have been allowed to travel for Argentina’s qualifiers Aston Villa recently confirmed, after Premier League clubs agreed last week to refuse to release international players in countries on the UK government’s Covid-19 red list.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “Aston Villa can confirm Emi Martinez and Emi Buendía have travelled to join up with the Argentina squad with the permission of the club in accordance with Fifa’s international match call-up rules.
“Both players have agreed to make themselves available for Argentina’s vital first two World Cup qualifying matches against Venezuela and Brazil, but will not take part in the third international match against Bolivia.”
Tottenham Hotspur duo Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso are also expected to travel.
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Player to watch: Gonzalo Montiel (Argentina and Sevilla)
Argentina’s starting right-back in the Copa America final, Gonzalo Montiel has long been linked with a move to Europe since bursting onto the scene with River Plate, and that scenario eventually transpired this summer, with the 24-year-old trading Buenos Aires for Andalusia. Sevilla are club renowned for their astuteness in the transfer market, a reputation carefully cultivated and attributed to highly-respected director of football Monchi. Part of Marcelo Gallardo’s famed 2018 Copa Libertadores winners, the buccaneering right-back offers Scaloni a competent and menacing threat on the byline, able to stretch the play, attack vertically and track back. Those qualities will be vital when they take on an energetic and unpredictable Venezuela side.
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