On Thursday, reigning South-American champions Argentina head to Caracas, Venezuela after winning Copa America this summer to face El Vinotinto in an important match for both country's qualifying chances. How to Watch Venezuela vs. Argentina: Live Stream, TV Channel, Start Time
Lionel Messi and second-place Argentina travel to Caracas to face Venezuela in each country's seventh match in CONMEBOL qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.
Argentina enters the match in great shape as far as its qualifying chances are concerned, sitting second on the table with 12 points, trailing just Brazil which has 18 at the moment.
How to Watch
Date: Thursday, Sept. 2
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Estadio Olímpico de la UCV, Caracas, Venezuela
TV: fubo Sports Network 2 (ENG), Eliminatorias CONMEBOL (SPA)
That currently places La Albiceleste four points ahead of fourth-place Uruguay, and considering only the top-four teams in CONMEBOL qualifying are guaranteed spots in the 2022 World Cup, Argentina is sitting pretty at the moment.
However, as fans of soccer know, things like that can change in an instant. Argentina's upcoming three-match week, kicked off on the road against Venezuela, will be vital for improving its World Cup qualifying chances even further.
Argentina has yet to be defeated in World Cup qualifiers, with three victories and three draws in its six outings, though its most recent round of games, a match against Chile followed by one against Colombia in early June, were slightly disappointing because both ended in ties.
Argentina will look to improve upon that against a Venezuela side that sits second-to-last on the table with just four points by its name, a by-product of a win against Chile and a draw against Uruguay, to go with four defeats so far in qualifiers.
Argentina will be led by arguably the greatest player of his generation, Lionel Messi, who just saw his first action at his new club, Paris Saint-Germain, this past weekend. Around him, La Albiceleste fields an outstanding roster, including Copa America hero, goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa), midfield trio Rodrigo de Paul (Atletico Madrid), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham) and Cristian Romero (Tottenham) plus attacker Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan).
Venezuela, meanwhile, will put together a much stronger roster than it had at Copa America, where it was affected by a COVID-19 outbreak before the tournament.
Among the returnees will be former MLS MVP Josef Martínez (Atlanta United) though El Vinotinto will still be without Salomón Rondón (Everton) due to COVID-19 restrictions placed for EPL players. Goalkeeper Wuilker Fariñez (RC Lens) has also proven to be one of the top shot-stoppers in CONMEBOL.
It'll be a tough match for both sides, because although Argentina is a much stronger side, winning on the road in CONMEBOL is never easy, especially in Caracas.
Venezuela and Argentina will face each other in Caracas for Matchday 9 of the Conmebol World Cup Qualifiers 2022. La Albiceleste is coming into this match after winning the Copa America 2021, while the hosts failed to reach the second round of the tournament and are in need of points.
After defeating Brazil in the final of the Copa America, Argentina are returning to the competition looking to stay in the top places of the World Cup qualifying standings. They are currently in second place with 12 points.
On the other hand, Venezuela are in ninth place out of 10, above Peru, with only one victory so far. La Vinotinto are coming into this match after the resignation of Jose Peseiro as head coach, after training the team for one year and not receiving his pay.