Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Colombia kick off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a home match against Venezuela. Los Cafeteros proved their worth in back-to-back wins over Peru and Ecuador, and it no wonder reputable bookies see them as favourites to win Saturday’s football match. Both Arias and Borre have been left out of the squad, but Carlos Queiroz can count on key players for the opener.
James Rodriguez has been producing splendid displays with Everton this season, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Radamel Falcao is fit again, and the former Man Utd striker is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. La Vinotinto, on the other hand, are not regarded as good travellers, and given the current political situation in their homeland, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of spoiling Colombia’s party in Barranquilla. Juan Cuadrado is quarantined after being tested positive for coronavirus.
Highlighted Player (James Rodriguez):
James Rodriguez is an attacking midfielder who plays for Spanish giants Real Madrid. The Colombian superstar played for the likes of Envigado and Banfield at the start of his career and he moved to Europe in 2010, joining Portuguese side Porto for a fee of €5.1 million.
James scored 25 goals in 63 league appearances with the Dragons and in 2013 he joined Monaco. His transfer to the Ligue 1 side was the second most expensive in the history of Portuguese Primeira Liga (€45 million) and he signed a five-year contract with les Rouges et Blancs. The Colombian ace impressed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and, as a result, Real Madrid chiefs signed him on 22 July, 2014 for an undisclosed fee.
However, reports in Spain suggested that the fee was approximately €80 million. Rodriguez scored 13 goals in 29 league appearances for Real Madrid in the 2014/2015 Primera Division campaign and he was in Gareth Bale’s shadow in the 2015/2016 season. James is well known for his technical skills, his vision and the ability to create goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates.
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.