Our football match prediction:
Chile will be aiming to regain their spot in top five with a win over Venezuela at Estadio Monumental David Arellano. La Roja head into Wednesday’s football match following a 1-0 loss to Argentina, but the good news for the hosts is that Arturo Vidal returns from suspension. The Chileans are eyeing their fourth consecutive win at home in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and we predict that they will defeat Venezuela in Santiago de Chile. La Vinotinto dropped a two-goal advantage in a draw with Peru and seeing that they have slim chances of qualifying for the showpiece tournament in Russia, the visitors are likely to return home empty-handed. A man to watch in the away team will be WBA attacker Salomon Rondon, but the opposition defenders are definitely capable of preventing him from scoring. It has to be noted that Chile emerged triumphant in each of their last four meetings with Venezuela.
Highlighted Player (Roco):
Enzo Roco is one of the young and exciting defenders coming out of Chile in the recent times. The 23-year-old started in the youth teams at Universidad Catolica and moved up the ranks. He was promoted to their first team in 2011 and in three years with them played more than 90 matches. He established himself in the first team and was an omnipresent figure at the back for the team that won Primera Division and Copa Chile titles. Roco moved to the Spanish club Elche on loan in 2014 and by the next year he was at their fellow Spanish club RCD Espanyol. Roco’s international appearance started with the under-17 squad in 2009 while his senior international debut was in 2012. He was named in the 30-man list by Jorge Sampaoli for the 2014 FIFA World Cup but was cut from the final list.
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.