Jorge Sampoli, Coach of Argentina National team has confirmed his line up for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Venezuela at the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires.
Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano who missed the game against Uruguay returns into the starting line up as he replaces Gabriel Mercado in a three man defense.
AC Milan midfielder, Lucas Biglia also sits out as Ever Banega takes his place.
The front line is maintained as star man, Lionel Messi takes center stage with Pablo Dybala and Mauro Icardi as his lieutenants to look for the goals.
Manchester United’s Sergio Romerio will keep his post as Lautaro ACOSTA of Lanus comes in replacing Marcos ACUNA and Pizzaro who impressed in the game against Uruguay also maintain his position in the midfield.
Messi is most likely to play his free role (10) as Banega is expected to do the mopping up for him in the middle of the pitch.
SAMPAOLI tried out different scenarios in training and has ultimately decided on one of them. The following is the confirmed starting eleven for the match against Venezuela:
Argentina starting eleven against Venezuela
ROMERO; MASCHERANO, FAZIO, OTAMENDI; ACOSTA, PIZARRO, BANEGA, DI MARIA; MESSI, ICARDI, DYBALA
The Albiceleste would be expected to win in order to brighten their chances of qualifying for the FIFA Mundial in Russia.
They are lying fifth with 23 points on the log. Brazil who lead the pack with 26 points travel to Bogota to play second placed side Columbia, whereas Uruguay who are also lying third play their neighbours Paraguay away. Chile will get an early kickoff away to Bolivia.