Our football match prediction:
Venezuela did remarkably well to play out a 1-1 draw with Argentina in Buenos Aires in their last qualifying match. La Vinotinto, though, remained in last position in their World Cup qualifying group and they are on a five-game winless run ahead of Thursday’s football match against Uruguay. Venezuela are eager to return to winning ways, but beating La Celeste is easier said than done. A man to watch in the home team will be Salomon Rondon, who scored for West Bromwich Albion in a 2-2 draw with Watford at the weekend. Uruguay, on the other hand, recorded a very important 2-1 win over Paraguay in September, but they need to grab something from Thursday’s clash against Venezuela as well if they are to secure automatic qualification for the 2018 World Cup finals. Seeing that Venezuela produced a fine performance against Argentina, we predict that they will hold La Celeste to a draw as well.
Highlighted Player (Roberto Rosales):
Born in Caracas, Venezuela on November 20, 1988, Roberto Rosales is a pacey full back who plays for Malaga in La Liga. Rosales started his career at the youth team of Deportivo Gulima and he played for his home-town club Caracas during his youth career as well. After making two appearances in the league for Caracas, the Venezuela international joined Belgian side Gent in 2007 and he played for De Buffalo’s until 2010. Roberto Rosales scored five goals in 72 games for Gent in the Belgian top flight and in the summer of 2010 he signed a three-year deal with Eredivisie side Twente. He quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Twente and you should bear in mind that he played 118 games in the Dutch elite division for the club. On July 9, 2014 Roberto Rosales moved to Spain, signing a three-year deal with Malaga and he has been playing for los Boquerones ever since. Speaking of his international career, he made his debut for Venezuela on March 28, 2007 in a 5-0 win over New Zealand.
Highlighted Team (Uruguay):
La Celeste are one of the most successful South American nations. Uruguay are frequently the champions of the continent having most recently won the tournament in 2011. They have won the Copa America a record 15 times including the first ever edition of the competition in 1916, while the team has also won FIFA World Cup in two occasions including the inaugural competition in 1930 when they defeated Argentina 4-2 in the final as hosts. Their second World Cup title came in 1950 when Uruguay and Brazil played a legendary match which recorded a higher attendance than any other football match in the history of the game. Uruguay is the smallest country in the world to have won a World Cup by population, but La Celeste are proud of their football heritage which yielded some of the best footballers in the world over the course of history. Most notable player of the current selection is Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, who is also the team’s top scorer with 45 goals to his name.