Italy's stunning defeat on Thursday to North Macedonia was a stark reminder that World Cup qualifying matches are happening around the world right now. That means, there's extra motivation for virtually every national team, and an huge opportunity to make a few bucks if and when we bet on the right side.
Poor Italy will be watching the next World Cup rather than playing in it. That devastating upset loss should be a huge wake-up call for many soccer superpowers who are accustomed to advancing easily into the world's most prestigious sporting competition. If North Macedonia, a nation that didn't even exist 20 years ago, can beat mighty Italy, anything is possible on the soccer field.
Today at 3:30 pm ET Argentina takes on Venezuela in Buenos Aires. While Argentina has almost certainly locked up a spot in the 32-team field, Venezuela's prospects are dead. The ravaged nation has been a shell of their former prowess for years now, while Argentina has begun a youth movement on its national team after a number of World Cup disappointments.
This game should be an easy victory for Argentina. Oddsmakers and the betting public appear to agree. Here are the pre-game odds at SPREADS.CA:
It's always a little risky to be big favourites. However, Argentina at home should get the money here.
These two teams met in Caracas five months ago where the Argentines breezed to a 3-1 win.
Why we love Argentina in this game: Argentina comes into this game on a remarkable 29-match unbeaten run. Meanwhile, Venezuela has won just one game in their last five. Playing in Buenos Aires, where legend Messi will be on display should bring out the best in the team. The game is also being held at La Bombenera, home of the Boca Juniors, which provides an emotional atmosphere
We know goals will be scored in this game, but we think they’ll all be going Argentina’s way. Look for the faves to field a strong lineup and beat the Venezuelans, who are in poor form at the moment.