Argentina struggled to reach this quarterfinal as they needed a win in their last group game to reach this stage. They had previously lost one and drawn one of their previous two.
This is probably the last chance saloon for this generation of top Argentine players to win something for their country and no one should know that more than themselves as they take on this Venezuela side that seems to care more about not losing games than anything else.
Venezuela didn’t come to this competition to win it however a more achievable goal would have been to avoid being eliminated in the first round and they have achieved that now.
They come into this game unbeaten in this competition after picking up two draws and a win against Bolivia in their last match.
That win should give them confidence to go for the win here especially as they scored 3 goals in that game.
Argentina will play this game under pressure as they have struggled in the competition and that could help the Venezuelans’ cause here.
Bookmakers have priced Argentina up as strong odds-on favourites to come out on top in this game and progress to the last 4 of this tournament.
Goal markets point to a low-scoring game as under 2.5 goals is currently trading odds-on while Lionel Messi is clear favourite to score the opening goal of the game.