Venezuela are surely the most pleasant surprise at this year’s Copa America as they ended in the second position in Group A without a loss, holding the hosts Brazil to a 0-0 draw in the process. On the other hand, Argentina needed to get a win in the last group game with Qatar and they got it.
Venezuela vs Argentina
• Copa America
• Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
• Friday 28 June
• 21:00 CET
Venezuela Team News and Latest Form
Venezuela lost only one of their previous six games. The victory over Bolivia (3-1) that got them in the quarter-finals was their fifth since September 2018, with each of that quintet seeing them score first and last goal of the match.
Four of those five victories saw Venezuela score in the opening and/or final 15 minutes of play. Three of those five wins also saw one specific player score precisely two goals – Darwin Machis.
Salomón Rondón was the scorer of the other two braces in Venezuela’s previous five victories. Each brace saw both goals coming in one half or the other.
Argentina Team News and Latest Form
Argentina are in the knockout stage after getting a crucial group win over invitee Qatar. They have now recorded four post-World Cup victory against rivals currently ranked inside the FIFA top-60. All have been with a clean sheet, with three finishing 2-0.
Each of the 2-0 wins also saw Argentina score in both halves, with all of them seeing La Albiceleste score exactly once in the last 15 minutes of play.
Lautaro Martínez scored an early opener for Argentina of La Albiceleste’s victorious final group match, and also bagged a goal in the latest H2H encounter. Going back to June 2016, four of Argentina’s previous five Copa America wins yielded a winning difference of 2+ goals and a clean sheet. Since the 1995 edition of the Copa America, Argentina’s record from penalty shootouts is W1, L5.
Venezuela vs Argentina Head to Head
These rivals have met on 22 occasions since 1967 and Argentina have 17 victories in opposite to Venezuela’s two. La Albiceleste won the first 15 H2H duels but are without a win in the last three clashes as Venezuela won the most recent tilt, 3-1 in a friendly a few months ago.
Venezuela vs Argentina Betting Tip
Argentina are strong favorites at 1.57 (-175) odds, but instead of betting on them to get a victory at lower odds, you can go with both teams to score because of several reasons. Each of the last four H2H matches produced goals on both sides and Argentina’s defence is rather leaky, so BTTS at 2.20 (+120) is a more appealing option than betting on La Albiceleste to win.