Brazil started their World Cup qualification campaign in the best possible manner, as they have two consecutive victories since the beginning.
Last time out, they won away to Peru, as the hosts were competitive during the first part and in the first fifteen minutes of the second when they had a 2:1 lead, but from that point on, the Brazilians completely hold the dices. They leveled up in the 64th over Richarlison and raised it to 2:3 from the penalty in the 83rd.
The hosts were left with a player less since the 89th, which practically sealed their fate, and with a goal over Neimar in the fourth minute of added time, Brazil recorded their second victory in the campaign.
They are currently in the leading spot in the standings, having a perfect score so far, having a great chance for another three points in the upcoming clash.
Defenders Militao (8/0, Real Madrid), Caio (5/0, Flamengo), midfielders Casemiro (48/3, Real Madrid), Philippe Coutinho (63/18, Barcelona), Fabinho (12/0, Liverpool), and forward Rodrygo (3/0, Real Madrid) aren’t invited this time.
Venezuela is coming to this clash of South American nations more or less demoralized, as they suffered two defeats since the beginning of the World Cup qualification campaign.
In their first match, they expectedly lost in Columbia with 3:0 but could do more in their second one at home against Paraguay when they come with a narrow 0:1 loss. The visitors had the ball to their feet for most of the time during this clash, but they lacked creativity in the offense, as they were able to put only one to the scoreline in the 85th over Gimenez.
To make things worse for the hosts, they had a great chance for the equalization just before the full-time, but Herrera was ineffective from the penalty kick and left his team with empty hands here in this clash.
With their two losses, Venezuela is positioned in 9th place out of ten nations, and it is very difficult to see them do something significant against Brazil.
The guests will miss goalkeepers Baroja (14/0, Delfin), Romo (12/0, Leuven), defenders Villanueva (25/2, Santa Clara), Hernandez (17/0, Aberdeen), Ferraresi (3/0, Moreirense), midfielders Zambrano (5/0, Portland), Figuera (28/1, Universidad Cesar Vallejo), Seijas (70/2, Santa Fe), and forward Cordova (10/0, Arminia Bielefeld) and Ponce (8/1, Rotor) who were included in a previous couple of call-ups.
A huge quality difference
Even though there will be no fans to support them, Brazil has the advantage of the home field and more than obvious individual quality. This should be an easy one for them, and I am expecting nothing else, then their convincing victory against far inferior Venezuela. Two goals difference does come as a minimum in this one, as I simply can’t see Venezuelans being actually really competitive and stay “in the game” for points throughout the match.