Venezuela and Argentina go head-to-head for a place in the last four of the 2019 Copa America. La Vinotinto came through the opening phase as runners-up to Brazil, impressively holding Tite’s men to a goalless draw and La Albiceleste can expect a similar resolute performance.
Where and when: Maracanã Stadium, Rio De Janiero –28 June, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Venezuela vs. Argentina: Premier Sports
Last time: La Vinotinto triumphed 3-1 when the countries met in March, courtesy of efforts from Salomón Rondón, Jhon Murillo and Josef Martínez. Lautaro Martínez briefly reduced the deficit for Argentina.
|Argentina to win 2-0||5/1||Offer|
|Under 0.5 goals||11/1||Offer|
|Darwin Machis to score anytime||9/2||Offer|
Venezuela vs. Argentina Predictions and Preview
They left it late, but Argentina secured their place in the knock-out phase of the competition after beating Qatar 2-0 during the third and final match of the group stage. La Albiceleste were a distant second best to Colombia in Group B and will need to improve markedly if they are to progress deep in to the tournament, particularly with Brazil and Uruguay also in fine form.
Of course, much of the focus is centred on Lionel Messi and the Argentina captain’s quest to achieve international glory and the number 10 is the standout name in the goalscorer markets. The Barcelona ace is 21/10 to open proceedings and 11/1 to hit a hat-trick.
Boss Lionel Scaloni is likely to ring the changes, having lined-up with a considerably top-heavy side in the previous duel. The 1999-2000 La Liga winner field three strikers and two attacking midfielders but is expected to recall Angel Di Maria and Marcos Acuna at the expense of Lautaro Martínez. Argentina are backed at 8/15 to win during 90 minutes and 2/7 to qualify outright.
Meanwhile, opponents Venezuela only conceded one goal from their opening three contests and should not be underestimated. La Vinotinto are well drilled, but carry a real threat going forward with Rondon and Josef Martínez offering a nice blend of pace, skill and strength.
One to watch for Venezuela: Josef Martínez can’t stop scoring at club level and has caught the eye of a host of top clubs in Europe. The speedster is 10/3 to bag anytime during the showdown.
One to watch for Argentina: Paulo Dybala won’t feature from the opening whistle but could be an inspired final throw of the dice from Scaloni. The Juventus playmaker is 9/2 to score last.
Long shot: On paper, Argentina should have too much for their South American rivals, but what Venezuela lack in star power, they make up for in endeavour and togetherness. Defensively, La Albiceleste can certainly be got at, and an early strike for the outsiders could be enough to seal progress to the next round. A 1-0 in favour of La Vinotinto is 15/1.