Argentina v Venezuela live stream, Friday 25 March, 11.30pm GMT
Argentina will be looking to maintain their excellent record in World Cup qualification when they host Venezuela on Thursday.
The pressure is off the Albiceleste going into the final two rounds of qualifiers in South America. Under the guidance of Lionel Scaloni, the two-time world champions have already booked their place in Qatar and hold a 14-point advantage over Peru in the play-off spot. Argentina have the luxury of being able to begin their preparations for the tournament already.
Scaloni has done a fine job since taking charge after the 2018 World Cup. That tournament was a disaster for Argentina, who only just scraped through the group stage before losing 4-3 to France in the round of 16. The scoreline made it sound closer than it was; in reality, Argentina were outclassed by the eventual champions.
Scaloni was handed the reins on an interim basis three and a half years ago, before being appointed as full-time manager soon after. He had little prior experience but has taken well to the role. Scaloni led Argentina to Copa America success last year – their first trophy at senior level since 1993 – and has negotiated the notoriously difficult South American section of World Cup qualification with a minimum of fuss.
Venezuela are already looking to 2026 after failing to make their mark in the current campaign. Now managed by Jose Pekerman, they will be hoping to avoid finishing bottom of the 10-team group, with ninth-placed Paraguay currently three points ahead.
Argentina will have to make do without Lucas Alario due to injury, but Scaloni has no other major injury concerns. Lionel Messi, Leandro Paredes, Nicolas Otamendi and Angel Di Maria provide experience, while there are nine uncapped players in a rather bloated 44-man squad.
Venezuela’s squad includes Everton (opens in new tab) striker Salomon Rondon and players from Lens, Espanyol, Sampdoria and several Major League Soccer sides.
Kick-off is at 11.30pm GMT on Friday 25 March, and UK viewers can watch it on Premier Sports 2. See below for international broadcast options.
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