Our match prediction:
Having suffered another loss in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying 2-0 to Colombia, Venezuela are now facing fresh challenge as they are preparing to host the Copa America Centenario runners-up Argentina. Rafael Dudamel’s side struggled to gain a footing against the Cafeteros who secured a comfortable win courtesy of goals from Real Madrid man James Rodriguez and Macnelly Torres. Argentina are coming off from an important victory over Uruguay, which helped them claim first place in South America qualifying group, which is where they intend to stay. Argentina boss Edgardo Bauza was happy to score a win on his debut, but is unsure over the fitness of Barcelona star Lionel Messi who scored the only game of the game against Uruguay. Argentina returnee played through some pain and could be a doubt for Tuesday’s clash at the Estadio Metropolitano de Merida. Argentina however remain firm favoruites to grab the new three points and we predict a clear-cut win for the visiting side.
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.