Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Venezuela will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Brazil when they host Chile at their Estadio Olimpico on Tuesday evening. La Vinotinto aim to put an end to their three-game losing run in the World Cup qualifiers, and they are likely to leave their hearts on the field against Chile. Experienced defender Rolf Feltscher is likely to miss the game through injury for the hosts.
La Roja, on the other hand, did well to beat Peru 2-0 in their third group game, with the team finally giving fans some cheer. The Chileans aim to keep on climbing the standings, and they should take advantage of Venezuela’s current form. Jean Beausejour, who returned to the national team in the 2-0 win over Peru, is likely to keep his place in the starting XI. A man to watch in the away team will be Arturo Vidal, who scored a brace in the Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos clash.
Highlighted Player (Josef Martinez):
Josef Martinez started his senior career at Caracas, but he made no more than 36 league appearances for the Venezuelan outfit from 2010 to 2012. Martinez then moved to Europe and the 170-cm tall striker scored 4 goals in 34 appearances for the capital club. In the 2013/2014 season he played for fellow Swiss outfit Thun (on loan) and on June 7, 2014 he signed a contract with Serie A team Torino.
In December, 2017 Josef Martinez scored his first ever goal in the Italian top flight in a 2-2 draw with Palermo. The Venezuela international currently plays (on loan) for Atlanta United in MLS and he made his debut for Gerardo Martino’s team against New York Red Bulls. Speaking of his international career, Martinez made his Venezuela debut against El Salvador, coming from the bench after 76 minutes.
On November 10, 2016 he scored a hat-trick for La Vinotinto in a thrilling 5-0 victory over Bolivia and it has to be noted that he has four caps (two goals) for Venezuela U20 team.
Highlighted Team (Chile):
The Chilean Football Federation has been established in 1895 while Chile’s first-ever international game was a 3-1 loss to Argentina in 1910. The two countries formed a remarkable rivalry over the years and it was exactly against Argentina that Chile won their last major trophy – a 2015 Copa America title.
Prior to their 2015 title Chile had been runners-up in the competition on four different occasions. Chile triumphed in a dramatic final on penalty kicks to reach their first tournament championship. In a symbolic turn of events, Chile start their 2016 Copa America Centenario with a rematch against Argentina. The most capped player of the Chile national team is Barcelona goalkeeper who has past his 100-match mark with the squad he has been a part of since 2004.
Former Lazio and Juventus striker, the legendary Marcelo Salas is the leading scorer with 37 goals to his name. Key player to the current set up is Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez who has been the team’s leader on the pitch since 2006.