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2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Bolivia vs Venezuela preview

Kick off: 12 November @21:00 CET

Venue: Estadio Hernando Siles (La Paz)

Head to head record

Bolivia vs Venezuela 3-2 (2014 International friendly)
Venezuela vs Bolivia 2-2 (2013 International friendly)
Bolivia vs Venezuela 1-1 (2014 World Cup qualifier)
Venezuela vs Bolivia 1-0 (2014 World Cup qualifier)
Bolivia vs Venezuela 1-3 (2010 International friendly)

Bolivia

Last 5 matches

Ecuador vs Bolivia 2-0 (2018 World Cup qualifier)
Bolivia vs Uruguay 0-2 (2018 World Cup qualifier)
Argentina vs Bolivia 7-0 (International friendly)
Bolivia vs Peru 1-3 (2015 Copa America)
Chile vs Bolivia 5-0 (2015 Copa America)

Team News

Key members of the national team Marcelo Moreno (55/14) and Ronald Raldes continue to miss out after clashing with the new coach, whereas defender Jair Torrico (4/0) was left out after he was sent off in the opening qualifier against Uruguay.

Important midfielder Jhasmani Campos (31/2) misses out through suspension having picked up two yellow cards, whereas forward Gilbert Alvarez (4/0) was forced to withdraw through injury.

With Walter Veizaga still not fully recovered from an ankle problem, coach Baldivieso appears set to include youngster Pedro Azogue (9/0) into the starting line-up for the Venezuela game.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Vaca – Saavedra, Equino, Zenteno, L. Morales – Arrascaita, Azogue, Chumacero, Cardozo – Duk, Juan Carlos Arce.

Venezuela

Last 5 matches

Brazil vs Venezuela 3-1 (2018 World Cup qualifier)
Venezuela vs Paraguay 0-1 (2018 World Cup qualifier)
Venezuela vs Panama 1-1 (International friendly)
Venezuela vs Honduras 0-3 (International friendly)
Brazil vs Venezuela 2-1 (2015 Copa America)

Team News

Experienced midfielder Alejandro Guerra (50/4) did not make the squad through injury, while Nicolas Fedor (53/11), Franco Signorelli (3/0) and Grenddy Perozo (45/2) were all overlooked.

Venezuela coach Noel Sanvicente has suffered a major blow as Fernando Amorebieta (15/1) and Juan Pablo Anor (1/0) were ruled out of the two qualifiers through leg injuries.

AEK Athens goalkeeper Alain Baroja has been passed fit after recovering from a hamstring injury and he is expected to start, but talented forward Manuel Arteaga (3/0) is unavailable after his club refused to let him join the national team.

The medical team of Venezuela have worked hard to help the players neutralise the effects of high altitude in La Paz and they plan to arrive at the venue mere hour and a half before the match is due to start.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Baroja – Rosales, Vizcarrondo, Lucena, Cichero – Jefren, Rincon, Seijas, Vargas – C. Santos, Rondon.

IST Facts

-The match is played in La Paz, at the altitude of 3,600 meters

-Both teams have scored in each of last three meetings between the two sides

-There were 21 goals scored in six games between the two teams in Bolivia

-Bolivia have lost last five matches in all competitions, failing to score in four of those games

-Venezuela have suffered five defeats in last six matches on all fronts

-Prior to the 2-0 loss to Uruguay, Bolivia had been unbeaten in previous six World Cup qualifiers (W2 D4)

Match Specials

Coming soon…

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