Round 17. Finals.
Stadium: Alberto J. Armando (Buenos Aires).
Referee: Kevin Ortega.
In their first head-to-head Argentina with Venezuela in the World Cup 2022 qualifiers gained a comfortable 3:1 victory. Who will be stronger? Will Lionel Scaloni's team win again? Check the teams’ conditions and expert betting tips. Several betting options are available!Get Your Welcome Bonus!
Argentina has long ago secured entry to the World Cup, but they are not going slow down. In 15 meetings, the squad has not suffered a single defeat, winning ten games and losing five. Moreover, the coaching staff still called up their optimal lineup for March's games, which won't influence the tournament placing anyway, so it's unlikely their opponents will be spared. The Argentines are now second in the standings, trailing the leader by four points, which they will certainly try to win.
Venezuela is the worst team in the World Cup 2022 qualifying tournament. It all started with three consecutive defeats with a total score of 0:5. Their modest level of ambition relealed. Sure, they did gain points from time to time, but no more than that. During the winter break Venezuela was led by the legendary José Pékerman. They immediatele blew out Bolivia - 4:1, when the hero was Salomón Rondón, who sealed his hat-trick. But then came the defeat of Uruguay - 1:4. Venezuela is at the bottom of the standings.
Expert Betting Tips
Venezuela has recently changed the head coach, under whose guidance the playing became more fun: first they won - 4:1, and then with the same score lost. In the upcoming battle it will be difficult to rely on points and play defensively. In the previous 16 meetings qualifying for the World Cup 2022 they missed 30 goals (1.88 average). Now they will have to fight against the great Lionel Scaloni's team where all the strongest are called up, so we bet on the individual total of Argentina over 2.5.
If we turn to more risky outcome, it is worth looking at the Argentina's results in the qualifiers. Within the 15 meetings, they won ten victories and got five draws, the goal difference is 23:7. Now the Blue and Whites will face Venezuela that has won only three times, drawn once and lost 12 times in 16 games, the goal difference 14:30. The best option for the prediction seems to be the victory of Argentina with a handicap (-2.5).
Perhaps, Lionel Messi will join Argentina in the upcoming matches, although the Blues have no tournament goals. Nevertheless, after all the problems at PSG, Messi would not mind returning to Buenos Aires to take some positive emotions before the finish of the season. The Argentine star has scored six goals during the 2022 qualifiers, so he is only in fifth place on the list of the best shooters in the tournament. So the game with Venezuela is a great opportunity to improve. In such a situation it is worth looking at a bet on a goal by Lionel Messi.
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