Japan will host Venezuela in an international friendly match on Tuesday, November 19. Japan enter this game after an excellent run of form. Following their 2-0 away win over Kyrgyzstan in their previous encounter, they extended their winning streak to five games. Venezuela achieved major success during the October international break as well, as they defeated Bolivia and Trinidad & Tobago at home. They are currently enjoying a three-game undefeated streak and have lost just once over their last five outings.
Venue: Suita City Football Stadium, Japan
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 3:55 PM IST
Several experienced players like Maya Yoshida, Yuto Nagatomo and Hiroki Sakai won’t take part as many non-regulars are expected to be given a chance to impress by manager Hajime Moriyasu. On Thursday, goals from Takumi Minamino and then Genki Haraguchi saw them beat Kyrgyzstan 2-0. That followed victories over Myanmar, Mongolia and Tajikistan.
Japan win-loss record: WWWWW
Japan's Expected Starting XI: Shuichi Gonda; Sei Muroya, Naomichi Ueda, Genta Miura, Shinnosuke Hatanaka; Gaku Shibasaki, Genki Haraguchi; Takuma Asano, Shoya Nakajima, Hotaru Yamaguchi; Kensuke Nagai
Manager Rafael Dudamel has not included midfielder Junior Moreno and centre-back Jhon Chancellor due to injury. Last month, early goals from Salomon Rondon and then Darwin Machis saw them beat Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 at Estadio Olímpico. That’s now back-to-back wins for Dudamel’s side, following a 4-1 victory over Bolivia last month. Venezuela will next be in competitive action in the next international break in March when CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying commences.
Venezuela win-loss record: WWDLW
Venezuela's Expected Starting XI: Wuilker Farinez; Ronald Hernandez, Wilker Angel, Mikel Villanueva, Roberto Rosales; Tomas Rincon, Yangel Herrera; Jhon Murillo, Romulo Otero, Darwin Machis; Salomon Rondon
Goalkeeper: Shuichi Gonda (JPN)
Defenders: Naomichi Ueda (JPN), Shinnosuke Hatanaka (JPN), Ronald Hernández (VEN)
Midfielders: Takuma Asano (JPN), Genki Haraguchi (JPN), Tomas Rincon (VEN), Jhon Murillo (VEN)
Attackers: Kensuke Nagai (JPN), Salomón Rondon (VEN)
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Captain: Solomon Rondon
Vice-captain: Takuma Asano
The four previous matches between these teams ended in draws. Japan should be considered as slight favourites at home, but Venezuela have a decent chance at pulling off an upset, given the experience of their squad.