Josef Martinez of Venezuela

Venezuela vs Argentina: La Vinotinto can be competitive

Kick-off: 2000, 28/06/2019

Stadium: Maracana

TV: Premier Sports

Venezuela have a good recent record against Argentina and we feel their Copa America quarter-final clash could go all the way to the wire.

Since losing to La Albiceleste at this stage three years ago, La Vinotinto have secured two World Cup draws and won a March friendly 3-1 in Madrid.

Rafael Dudamel’s men have been in fine form at this tournament and 7/5 they avoid defeat in normal time is our initial Venezuela vs Argentina prediction.

A Look At Venezuela’s Betting Odds

Venezuela showed they can be resolute in defence when drawing 0-0 with Peru and Brazil, albeit benefiting from three disallowed goals against the Selecao.

There was then plenty to like about a 3-1 triumph over Bolivia in Belo Horizonte, which saw them progress as Group A runners-up.

Darwin Machis struck twice for La Vinotinto before Josef Martinez wrapped up the win after Leonel Justiniano had pulled a goal back for Bolivia.

Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon is a powerful force up front, but Martinez appeals at 13/4 to score at anytime again from the Venezuela vs Argentina odds.

The 26-year-old former Torino forward has been a sensation for Atlanta United, picking MLS Golden Boot and MVP honours, plus he netted from the spot in the victory over La Albiceleste earlier this year.

A Look At Argentina’s Betting Odds

Argentina were made to sweat before progressing from their pool, having started out with a 2-0 loss to Colombia and a 1-1 draw against Paraguay.

However, a 2-0 success versus Qatar in Porto Alegre spared their blushes, with Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez and Manchester City hitman Sergio Aguero doing the damage.

Aguero missed another golden opportunity, while Lionel Messi uncharacteristically skied the ball over the crossbar from close range.

However, that helped us land a 5/1 correct score pay-out amongst a trio of winning bets in our preview of that game.

Messi commented on the team’s website: “We had a good match and we won, which was the most important thing. We needed a game like this, to gain confidence and be calm.

“As the games go by, the team has to grow and this match served that purpose. Now starts another Copa. Now starts all or nothing.”

We think this will be a tight tussle early on, though, and 23/20 for the scores to be level at half-time completes our Venezuela vs Argentina betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

Bolivia 1-3 VENEZUELA – Machis (2), Martinez

Qatar 0-2 ARGENTINA – Martinez, Aguero

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

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