Argentina vs Venezuela: Messi to inspire much-needed victory

Argentina vs Venezuela: Messi to inspire much-needed victory

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Odds: Argentina 7/100, Draw 9/1, Venezuela 25/1

Kick Off: 0030, 06/09/2017

Stadium: Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespuci

Argentina are still outside the four automatic qualifying places in the South American World Cup group but should strengthen their position with a smooth success against Venezuela.

La Albiceleste stayed in fifth spot after a goalless draw in Uruguay but now enjoy a relatively kind run-in, following up this clash with the basement dwellers by hosting Peru and travelling to Ecuador next month.

Goal difference could be crucial, though, so we like 18/25 for the hosts to win by more than two clear goals for our Argentina vs Venezuela betting predictions.

A Look At Argentina’s Betting Odds

Chances were few and far between during Argentina’s bruising and physical stalemate in Montevideo but Lionel Messi looked lively throughout that game and had a couple of decent attempts saved.

At the other end, Manchester United reserve keeper Sergio Romero had a pretty quiet night, although he did have to react sharply to deny Edinson Cavani after only parrying out one fierce shot.

Overall, Jorge Sampaoli will have considered it a case of job done in his first competitive match as manager, especially with Chile losing and Colombia failing to win, so now the onus is on being clinical against the bottom side.

We’re on the hosts at 21/4 to prevail 3-0 in our Argentina vs Venezuela betting tips.

A Look At Venezuela’s Betting Odds

Venezuela did Argentina a favour when taking a point off Colombia on Thursday and they more than held their own in that fixture.

Josef Martinez fired a long-range strike against the bar in the first half and Arsenal’s David Ospina had to rely on his good positioning to keep out another couple of solid efforts.

Venezuela’s defence did look short of pace as the game went on, though, with Radamel Falcao and Juan Cadrado having opportunities to break the deadlock.

The visitors have previously been poor travellers, too, securing just one point from seven road trips and conceding 20 times.

Looking at the Argentina vs Venezuela odds, 19/20 for the hosts to score more times in the second half takes the eye.

Additional stats

Last result:

Uruguay 0-0 ARGENTINA

VENEZUELA 0-0 Colombia

Head-to-head: Venezuela 2-2 Argentina, Argentina 4-1 Venezuela, Argentina 3-0 Venezuela, Venezuela 1-0 Argentina, Venezuela 0-1 Argentina, Argentina 4-1 Venezuela

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Best bets for Argentina vs Venezuela

Argentina to win by more than 2 goals @ 18/25

Argentina to win 3-0 @ 21/4

Argentina to score more times in 2nd half @ 19/20