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Argentina will play its final home game in World Cup qualifying when it hosts Venezuela at La Bombonera with Lionel Messi expected to captain the team against the last-place side in qualifying.
The Albiceleste are still unbeaten in their World Cup qualifying campaign, and they booked their ticket to Qatar with games to spare, but manager Lionel Scaloni won't want his team to take its foot off the gas.
The Venezuela match will be seen as an ideal low-pressure opportunity to keep up their goal-scoring flow, build confidence and fine-tune some of the rotation options. Lionel Messi & Co. also want to keep up their undefeated streak, which is inching closer to the all-time record held by Italy.
Venezuela are heavy underdogs. The Vinotinto's Argentine manager Jose Pekerman, who took over the reins of the team in Nov. , is looking to restructure the team and begin making strides with an eye to theCopa America.
Seeking to extend their unbeaten run across all competitions tomatches, Argentina will welcome Venezuela to La Bombonera for their World CupCONMEBOL qualifier on Friday.
The hosts have already booked their place at this year's tournament in Qatar, while the visitors are one of two South American nations, along with Paraguay, who have already been eliminated.
Argentina have enjoyed a comfortable qualification campaign so far, winningand drawing five of theirgames, and in November they became the second South American nation, after rivals Brazil, to qualify for this year's showpiece tournament.
Lionel Scaloni's men currently sit second in the standings and they are guaranteed to finish no lower than their current position, but they do still have an outside chance of knocking Brazil off their perch at the summit.
Argentina will need to win their remaining three qualifiers, including their soon-to-be rearranged fixture against Brazil, and hope that the Selecao claim no more than four points from their final three fixtures.
La Albiceleste's next qualifier is, on paper, a favourable encounter with already-eliminated Venezuela; however, they have had mixed fortunes in recent games against La Vinotinto, winning four, drawing two and losing two of the last eight meetings.
Securing at least a draw in Buenos Aires on Friday would see Argentina extend their unbeaten record togames, just seven behind Italy's world-record unbeaten run ofinternational matches.
After securing an impressive - victory against Bolivia on January , just their third inCONMEBOL Qualifying, Venezuela then suffered defeat by the same scoreline against Uruguay four days later, a result which ended their hopes of reaching Qatar.
Josef Martinez managed to score his first international goal for nearly three years in the th minute, but earlier strikes from Rodrigo Bentancur, Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez condemned La Vinotinto to their th defeat in qualifying.
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Argentina will look to wrap up their run of home CONMEBOL qualifiers for the QatarWorld Cup on a winning note when they welcome Venezuela to face them at El Monumental in Buenos Aires on Friday.