Argentina and Venezuela meet at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium, in a friendly match, the first of the year for both teams. The history of recent direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 1 win and 2 draws in the last 3 matches. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 06-09-2017, ended with a draw by (1-1). In this match the home factor may be decisive, since Venezuela presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The home team plays its first friendly of the year, after having played 9 in the last year, with the following markers in the last 5: Argentina (2-0) Mexico, Argentina (2-0) Mexico, Argentina (0 -1) Brazil, Iraq (0-4) Argentina and Colombia (0-0) Argentina. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a home win against Mexico by (2-0). In the last 10 home matches Argentina has won 5, tied 2 and lost 3. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 4 times and never got the comeback. In the last 12 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have suffered 4 of their 10 goals between minutes (46′-60 ‘).
Argentina leaves for this match with a 2-0 victory in the reception to Mexico, adding in this way the second triumph followed in friendly games: the goals of the team were marked by Icardi and Dybala. The Argentine team usually acts in a traditional 4-3-3, privileging a style of game of constant offensive transitions. It should be noted that, in this tactical design, the three most advanced players are Dybala, Martínez and Di María. On the other hand, Mesi is one of the great responsible for the offensive process, being the owner of great quality of pass and vision of the game. For this day coach Lionel Scaloni can not count on the injured Icardi.
This will be the first friendly of the year of the visiting team, which played 5 last year. In these friendlies registered the following results: Iran (1-1) Venezuela, Japan (1-1) Venezuela, United Arab Emirates (0-2) Venezuela, Panama (0-2) Venezuela and Venezuela (1-2) Colombia. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 14 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 3 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses at their stadium, with 16 goals scored and 22 conceded. In the last match they played, for the Friendlies, they drew with Iran by (1-1). In the last 9 away matches Venezuela has 3 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 8 of the last 9 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 14 games, he never got the comeback in the 4 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Venezuela enters this match with a draw, 1-1, against Iran, totaling the fourth straight game without losing, all friendly matches: Machis scored the only goal of the team. Like the opponent of this match, Venezuela opts to act in 4-3-3, in which the three most advanced players are Machis, Martinez and Salomón Rondón, the latter being very powerful and strong in the final. For acting in front of a strong rival, we believe that Venezuela will adopt a more defensive stance, with the objective of not becoming unbalanced. The coach Rafael Dudamel has all the staff at his disposal.