USA and Venezuela matching in Glendale, Arizona. This is not official FIFA date so with few exceptions (as Jermaine Jones and Ricardo Clark) both teams will give a chance mostly to players from their local leagues and missing nearly all of their top performers. With this it is hard to prefer a side but the odds for u/o look interesting as low score looks quite more probable.
After the big last summer events (the Gold Cup and Copa America) both USA and Venezuela played numerous games almost all ending under 2.5 goals. 6 from total 7 games (all friendly) for USA were low-scoring, 0-1 defeat the most common result which happened against Costa Rica, Belgium, Ecuador and France. One 1-0 win over Honduras in Florida. The last game for 2011 was 3-2 away over Slovenia but none of the scorers (Buddle, Dempsey and Altidore) is featured tonight, the big star Landon Donovan plus DaMarcus Beasley are out too, so there is no reference with that game. The attacking group against Venezuela is young and not much experienced on international level - Juan Agudelo, Teal Bunbury, C.J. Sapong and Wondolowski.
Venezuela played 9 games after Copa America (friendlies and World Cup qualifiers), 7 of them and all last 5 ended under 2.5. Giving a chance to many debutants (mainly in defense which can be a bit risky but on the other side USA are also not with their best weapons). On the side of players who usually bring goals for Venezuela Giancarlo Maldonado, Juan Arango, Daniel Arismendi, Nicolás Fedor are all missing. With this the main figures in attack will be the veteran Alejandro Moreno (39 games, 3 goals for the NT) and Emilio Rentería (8 games, 0 goals).
Looking at the tonight's rosters both teams look most gelled in the midfield where the play will probably concentrate and this giving a result of no more than 2 goals, bookies are giving 50-50 chance for u/o and for this medium stake on under 2.5 deserves a try.