Aguero returned up top against Qatar after being left out for the draw with Paraguay and scored the killer second goal for his side, which should see him retain his place.

Juan Foyth was handed a first competitive start at the back last week, but German Pezzella is ready to return and the versatile Tottenham Hotspur defender may be shifted to the right of the back four.

Scaloni has also been tipped to recall Marcos Acuna in place of Rodrigo de Paul as he continues to seek the right balance in midfield.

Messi has had a hand in 10 Argentina goals against Venezuela in all competitions – four goals and six assists – which is his most against any national team (also 10 vs. Paraguay).

As for La Vinotinto, Luis Mago was sent off in the group stage and has failed to win back his place, so Roberto Rosales and Ronald Hernandez should continued to operate at full-back.

Dudamel has gone with five across midfield to make his side tough to break down, with Tomas Rincon and Yangel Herrera operating in the centre of the park.

Further up the pitch, Salomon Rondon has performed well and, along with Martinez and Jhon Murillo, is responsible for six of his side’s last seven goals against Argentina in all competitions – all three scoring two apiece.

Venezuela possible starting lineup:
Farinez; Hernandez, Chancellor, Villanueva, Rosales; Savarino, Herrera, Moreno, Rincon, Machis; Rondon

Argentina possible starting lineup:
Armani; Foyth, Pezzella, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Lo Celso, Paredes, Acuna; Messi; Martinez, Aguero