Both sides were last in action in June, when the hosts suffered a narrow 1-0 win to Saudi Arabia in a friendly, while Iceland played out a 2-2 draw against Israel in a Nations League match.
Venezuela and Iceland will face each other for the first time in history in an international friendly at BSFZ-Arena, in Austria on Thursday. Both sides were last in action in June, when the hosts suffered a narrow 1-0 win to Saudi Arabia in a friendly, while Iceland played out a 2-2 draw against Israel in a Nations League match. Meanwhile the two sides have failed to qualify for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar and face stretches without competitive action.
Islandia en el horizonte…
Ultima práctica antes del juego de mañana. Los dirigidos por José Pekerman realizaron trabajos físicos, tácticos y de definición de cara al encuentro ante los europeos. #SomosVinotinto 💪🏼🇻🇪 pic.twitter.com/Rd3iWTADBW
— La Vinotinto (@SeleVinotinto) September 21, 2022
Venezuela participated in two friendlies in June, and both the games ended in 1-0 victories. In their first match against Malta Salomon Rondon’s 34th-minute goal separated the two sides at Ta’ Qali National stadium, while the second match against the Arab nation was decided by Nahuel Ferraresi’s lone strike eight minutes before the break. Those results came after the culmination of an unsuccessful World Cup Qualifying campaign, as La Vinotinto finished at the bottom of the South American group with just 10 points from their 18 matches.
Iceland, on the other hand, managed to secure only a fifth-place finish in the six-team Group J of World Cup qualification, having collected nine points from 10 games. Meanwhile the Strakarnir Okar are heading into the match on the back of a four-game unbeaten run across all competitions. Iceland shared the spoils against Israel on June 14, courtesy of goals from Jon Dagur Porsteinsson and Johann Helgasson. The results helped Iceland to move to three points from as many Nations League games and occupy second position in League G Group 2, just two points behind leaders Israel.
Venezuela boss Jose Pekerman has called up a strong squad for this round of friendlies. Everton striker Rondon, who is his nations all-time top scorer with 35 goals from 89 appearances, is likely to lead the line with Josef Martinez and Soteldo in support. Meanwhile 23-year-old defender Ferrasi, who scored the winner against Saudi Arabia, is expected to partner Mikel Vilanueva and Jhon Chancellor in the central defence. As for Iceland, midfielder Aron Gunnarsson could captain the side. Alfred Finnbogason, who has 15 international goals to his name, could lead the line.
Venezuela probable starting lineup: Baroja, Hernandez, Villanueva, Ferraresi, Chancellor, Gonzalez, Jose Martinez, Rincon, Josef Martinez, Rondon, Soteldo
Iceland probable starting lineups: Runarsson, Sampsted, Gretarsson, Magnusson, Olafsson, Bjarnason, Gunarsson, Palsson, Thorsteinsson, Finnbogason, Gudjohnsen.
The International friendly match between Venezuela and Iceland will take place at BSFZ-Arena on Thursday at 9:30 pm IST.
|Venezuela vs Iceland||Key details|
|Kickoff time in Austria||6:00 pm|
|Kickoff time in Venezuela||12:00 pm|
|Kickoff time in Iceland||4:00 pm|
For the football fans in Venezuela, the live telecast of the match will be available on Star+. Besides, the supporters in Iceland can watch the match on viaplay Iceland.