Our football match prediction:
Having played out a goalless draw with Uruguay in Montevideo, Argentina will be looking to return to winning ways when they welcome rock-bottom Venezuela at Estadio Vespucio Liberti. La Albiceleste sit in fifth place in their qualifying group, but a victory over La Vinotinto could see them climb to second position in the standings. Argentina have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Venezuela and seeing that they were more than unfortunate not to find the net in the draw with Uruguay, we predict that Leo Messi and Co. will give fans yet another reason for celebration. The Venezuelans did well to hold Colombia to a goalless draw in their last qualifier, but given their poor away record, there is every chance the Argentinians will roll over Rafael Dudamel’s troops in Buenos Aires. In their last meeting in Argentina la Albiceleste defeated La Vinotinto 3-0.
Highligted Player (di Maria):
Angel Di Maria is a professional footballer who played for Argentine side Rosario Central at the start of his senior career. The left-footed winger is very quick on the ball and he often makes life difficult for opposition defenders. After playing for Benfica between 2007 and 2010, the Argentine superstar signed for Real Madrid on 28 June, 2010 for a fee of €25 million + €11 million in bonuses. Despite impressing with los Blancos in the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign, the club chiefs decided to sell him to Manchester United on 26 August, 2014. Di Maria was playing below expectations at Old Trafford and he scored three goals in 27 league games for the Red Devils. In 2015 he moved to Paris Saint-Germain and he scored 10 goals in 29 league appearances for les Parisiens in the 2015/2016 Ligue 1 campaign. In 2014 he won the Champions League trophy with Real Madrid and that is considered the biggest success of his career. Angel Di Maria was born in Rosario on 14 February, 1988.
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.