Venezuela host Chile in a FIFA World Cup qualification match in Caracas on Tuesday. Chile need a win to move into the qualification spots against a Venezuela side in poor form.
Venezuela finished second in their group at Copa America 2019 behind Brazil but ahead of eventual losing finalists Peru.
They drew 0-0 with both teams who contested the final and won 3-1 against Bolivia. They were knocked out in the second round after a 2-0 loss to Argentina.
Venezuela have started their 2022 World Cup qualifying poorly. They lost 3-0 away to Colombia and 1-0 at home to Paraguay before a 1-0 defeat away to Brazil on Friday.
Venezuela Team News
The most important current Venezuela player is arguably winger Darwin Machis who plays for Granada in La Liga. He netted a brace when his side beat Bolivia at the 2019 Copa America.
Midfielders Arquímedes Figuera and Darwin Machís were not included in the squad for this round of qualifiers.
Goalkeepers: Wuilker Faríñez, José Contreras, Joel Graterol.
Defenders: Roberto Rosales, Alexander González, Wilker Ángel, Rolf Feltscher, Jhon Chancellor, Luis Mago, Yordan Osorio, Jean Fuentes, Oscar Conde.
Midfielders: Tomás Rincón, Rómulo Otero, Jhon Murillo, Arquímedes Figuera, Darwin Machís, Juan Pablo Añor, Yangel Herrera, Yeferson Soteldo, Jefferson Savarino, Bernaldo Manzano, Cristhian Rivas, Cristian Cásseres, Junior Moreno.
Forwards: Fernando Aristeguieta, Salomón Rondón, Darwin Machís, Jan Carlos Hurtado.
Chile were losing semi-finalists at the 2019 Copa America after a 3-0 defeat to Peru before Argentina beat them 2-1 in the 3rd place playoff.
After the tournament they played four friendly matches and won 3-2 against Guinea but lost two and drew one of those clashes.
In their 2020 World Cup qualification campaign, they started with a 2-1 loss to Uruguay before a 2-2 draw at home against Colombia.
In their last match, Chile beat Peru 2-0 at home as Arturo Vidal scored two first half goals with star man Alexis Sanchez only fit enough for the bench.
Chile Team News
Vastly experienced goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is back in the Chile squad and kept a clean sheet in the win against Peru.
Arturo Vidal is his side’s key midfielder and he bagged a brace against Peru and has scored in three of his last four matches for Chile.
In attack, Alexis Sanchez of Inter Milan scored against both Uruguay and Chile recetnly. He only played six minutes against Peru due to fitness issues and may have to settle for a place on the bench again.
Gary Medel is crucial at the back as the captain but he is injured for this game as is Eduardo Vargas who has 38 goals in 93 caps up front for Chile.
Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo, Brayan Cortés, Omar Carabalí
Defenders: Mauricio Isla, Jean Beausejour, Paulo Díaz, Guillermo Maripán, Sebastián Vegas, Francisco Sierralta, Nicolás Díaz, Yonathan Andía.
Midfielders: Arturo Vidal, Erick Pulgar, César Pinares, Claudio Baeza, Jean Meneses, Rodrigo Echeverría, Pablo Parra.
Forwards: Alexis Sánchez, Fabián Orellana, Diego Rubio, Felipe Mora, Andrés Vilches, Niklas Castro, Carlos Palacios
Venezuela vs Chile Head to Head
Chile hold a 13-2 advantage over Venezuela across the 17 meetings played between these rivals with 2 drawn matches.
When they last played, Chile won 3-1 at home in 2017 as Alexis Sanchez and an Esteban Paredes brace sealed the win.
Venezuela vs Chile Odds
Chile are favourites to win this match at 2.30 while Venezuela are priced at 3.10 to take victory. A draw is available at 3.30 with bet365
Venezuela vs Chile Match Up
Chile are an excellent side and should beat a struggling Venezuela side even if Alexis Sanchez is only fit enough for the bench. Venezuela have not been scoring goals of late.
Venezuela vs Chile Stats
- Venezuela have lost their last 4 matches (all competitions).
- Venezuela have failed to score in their last 4 matches (all competitions).
- Venezuela have failed to score in 7 of their last 11 matches (all competitions).
- Chile have seen over 2.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).
- Chile have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 5 competitive matches (all competitions).
- Chile have won their last 5 World Cup qualifiers away against Venezuela (World Cup qualifiers).