Our prediction for this World Cup 2018 match:
Uruguay will be looking to build on a 4-0 win over Paraguay when they square off against Paraguay at Estadio Centenario on Friday. La Celeste aim to cement top position in the standings and they are regarded as favourites to emerge triumphant in the upcoming qualifier. Luis Suarez has been in a fine form at the start of the season and the Barcelona attacker is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back line. Uruguay are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Venezuela, on the other hand, have yet to record a win in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and they are unlikely to spoil Uruguay’s party at Estadio Centenario. The Venezuelans have nothing to pay for in Friday’s football match and we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (Martin Caceres):
Martin Caceres is a widely travelled and well known Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Juventus. Primarily a central defender, Caceres is known for his tenacity, pace, strength, tackling and aerial ability. He is versatile and can operate as full-back on either sides too. Caceres started his career at Defensor Sporting and became a regular at a very young age.
In 2007, he went to Spanish side Villarreal but never officially appeared for them. He then was snapped up by Barcelona in 2008 for a reported transfer fee of € 16.5 million. But his only season at the Camp Nou was marred with injuries and moved to Juventus in 2012 via a short stop at Sevilla.
Caceres made his full senior team debut in 2007 and was a successful member of the team that won the 2011 Copa America. He also played at the 2014 World Cup and has 68 national caps to his credit.
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.