What is Argentina and Venezuela's form ahead of this game?
Argentina gets to this match after winning four of their six post-World Cup games under Lionel Scaloni. Their two most recent games ended with similar 2-0 wins over Mexico in their unusual International Break back in November, since both of those games took place with less than 72 hours between them. The team's most recent loss was a 1-0 defeat against Brazil.
Venezuela will make it to the Wanda Metropolitano on a four-game streak without a loss. La Vinotinot won two of those games (against Panama and the UAE), while the other two ended in a draw (against Japan and Iran). They lost another friendly against the Basque Country team, but since that team is not affiliated to FIFA, the match has been deemed as a non-official friendly.
Argentina vs Venezuela - Head-to-head stats
This will be the 24th match between these teams.
Argentina has beaten Venezuela in 20 of their previews 23 matches.
Venezuela won their only game against Argentina back on October 11, 2011. La Vinotinto claimed the win with a 1-0 score against La Albiceleste on that day.
There have been two draws between Venezuela and Argentina. Curiously enough, those two draws have come in their last two games.
The last friendly game between these teams took place back im March 16, 2011. That game ended with a 4-1 win for Argentina.
Argentina vs Venezuela - Pre-match talk
While most of the attention prior to the game involved Messi, there are some players that have been crucial for La Albiceleste in the past decade that will not be available for this game. Such is the case of Angel Di María, who was dismissed by the team's medical staff due to a muscular injury.
"Angel Di María picked up a muscular injury to his left thigh, which will keep him away from the pitch in the National Team's upcoming friendlies. He will be allowed to return to his team."
#SelecciónMayor El futbolista Ángel Di María sufrió hoy una lesión muscular del recto anterior izquierdo, que le impedirá jugar los próximos partidos amistosos de la Selección @Argentina. Quedará desafectado de la convocatoria. pic.twitter.com/Yj7xn6mV76— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) March 20, 2019
Argentina vs Venezuela on social media
Lionel Messi's return to La Albiceleste made headlines last week, but this ended up being used for a publicity stunt. The South American side unveiled its new kit with Messi as the team's image, which leads us to believe that "La Pulga" returned with the team due to his commercial commitments instead of the genuine desire to play once more for his national team.
If you don't believe us, have a look at the caption used by Argentina's Twitter feed, and then look at Messi's face doing exactly the opposite.
"The kind of smile you get when you realize we will be back on the pitch...and with a new jersey."
Broadcast info - Argentina vs Venezuela
In Argentina: TyC Sports Argentina, TyC Sports Play, TyC Sports Interior.
In Venezuela: TLT Venezuela.
In France: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports MAX 5.
In the U.S.: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN SPORTS, Fanatiz USA, beIN SPORTS en Español.
In Canada: beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN Sports Canada, DAZN, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada.
Argentina vs Venezuela Broadcast Information
Stadium: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid)
Canada: fuboTV Canada, DAZN, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, beIN Sports Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español
France: beIN Sports MAX 5, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Netherlands: Fox Sports Go, Fox Sports 4
Portugal: Sport TV5
Spain: DAZN Spain
United States: Fanatiz USA, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, fuboTV, beIN SPORTS
Venezuela: TLT Venezuela