Our prediction for this World Cup 2018 match:
Estadio Monumental de Maturin will host the match between Venezuela and Bolivia. Both sides have been struggling in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and they are desperate to pick up all three points from Friday’s football match. Venezuela are eyeing their first win of the process and many people believe that the game against Bolivia could be the turning point for La Tricolor. West Bromwich Albion attacker Salomon Rondon has been producing fine performances in the Premier League this season and we predict that he is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Bolivia are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but it is well known that they struggle on the travels and, taking everything into account, the visitors are unlikely to spoil Venezuela’s party at Estadio Monumental de Maturin. When the two teams met in San Cristobal in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers Venezuela recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bolivia.
Highlighted Player (Juanpi):
Born in Caracas, Venezuela on 24 January, 1994, Juan Pablo Anor Acosta played for the likes of Loyola, Caracas and Malaga during his youth career. Juanpi is still part of Malaga and he plays for the La Liga outfit as an attacking midfielder and his side positions are right wing and central midfield. The Venezuelan footballer is well known for his speed and his brilliant technique.
Juanpi made his La Liga debut on 29 August, 2014, coming as a substitute in the 75th minute of a 3-0 defeat at Valencia. The pacey footballer scored his first goal for Malaga on 6 January, 2015 in a Copa del Rey game against Levante. Juanpi represented Venezuela U17 team at the 2011 South American Championship and he made two appearances for Venezuela U20 team as well.
On 14 November, 2014 Juanpi made his debut for the senior team, coming as a substitute in a 5-0 loss to Chile. The Venezuelan ace scored his first goal for the Venezuelan national team in a 2-2 draw with Argentina in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (Bolivia):
Bolivian Football Federation has been established in 1926 and it is one of the 10 member of South American Football Confederation. Managed by Julio César Baldivieso, La Verde have gone through difficult times since their second place finish at Copa America 1997.
Three-time World Cup participants have last appeared at the global stage in 1994 and they have never gone past the first round on any of the three tournaments, scoring only one goal at the tournament held in the USA. Bolivia took part in 24 Copa America tournaments since their debut in 1926 and the most prominent result was their 1963 title.
Luis Hector Cristaldo and Marco Sandy are the two players with most caps for Bolivia with their 93 international appearances, while Joaquin Botero’s name still stands at the top of the scoring charts with the former Bolivian international netting 20 during his time with the national team.