Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Brazil will be looking to retain top position in the South America World Cup qualifying group when they host Venezuela at Estadio do Morumbi on Saturday morning. A Selecao head into the match with a severely-weakened squad as all Neymar, Coutinho, and Fabinho are out of contention with injury, while Eder Militao has been tested positive for coronavirus. As a result, Atletico Madrid defender Felipe is likely to receive a call-up.
Venezuela, on the other hand, aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to Colombia and Paraguay, but they face an uphill task in Friday’s showdown. Both Jose Contreras and Christian Larotonda have been left out of the squad due to positive test for COVID-19, while Yangel Herrera is banned. Since the Granada midfielder is going to be sorely missed in the Estadio do Morumbi clash, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Neymar):
Neymar is a Brazilian football superstar who plays for PSG as a winger. The pacey footballer, who is capable of playing as a centre forward as well, is well known his creativity, passing and finishing. Neymar was born in Mogi das Cruzes on 5 February, 1992 and he began his senior career at Santos. After scoring 54 goals in 103 appearances for the Brazilian outfit, he joined Barcelona in 2013.
The Brazilian ace signed a five-year deal with the Catalan outfit and he has been playing for the La Liga giants ever since. Neymar the 2014/2015 Champions League trophy with Barcelona and that is considered his biggest success. It has to be noted that he clinched the FIFA Club World Cup trophy with Barca as well.
Speaking of his international career, the Barcelona star made his Brazil debut on 10 August, 2010 against USA and it has to be noted that he scored on his debut. In 2013 he won FIFA Confederations Cup with the Brazilian national team. Neymar was born on 5 February, 1992.
Highlighted Team (Venezuela):
The Venezuela national team is the member of South American CONMEBOL confederation competing at the international stage since 1938, at the same time fighting for glory and popularity in the country where baseball diverts all of the attention from the sport. With increased popularity of the FIFA World Cup the country found enough motivation and incentive to increase player development and fan support in order to strengthen the cult of the national football team.
However, South American minnows Venezuela have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup and as of 2014 they remain the only CONMEBOL member not to achieve this feat. La Vinotinto have however appeared in 15 Copa America tournament with their first entry coming in 1967. Their best result was the fourth-place finish in 2011 and under the new leadership of Rafael Dudamet, Venezuela are looking for an upset at Copa America Centenario.
The most prominent player of the Venezuela national team is New York Cosmos midfielder Juan Arango who is the team’s top scorer and the player with most caps.