Copa America – Group C: Colombia vs Venezuela Preview, Betting Tips and Prediction
Colombia will face Venezuela in Copa America Group C at the Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua in Chile on Sunday night, seeking to win first Copa America title since 2001. Colombia are on an impressive run of form over the past few months and are playing attacking and exciting football in the tournament under the guidance of manager Jose Pekerman. Colombia have registered seven consecutive wins in all competitions, winning against Canada, USA, Slovenia, Kuwait, Bahrain, El Salvador and Costa Rica. Colombia have scored 17 goals and conceded just three goals in those matches. On the other hand, Venezuela are considered underdogs in the competition, but the team are in decent form and have improved a lot over the past few years. Venezuela have registered three wins and two loss in their last five games, winning against Peru, and Honduras twice and losing against Jamaica and Bolivia. Venezuela have scored at-least one goal in all those matches.
Colombia shocked everyone by reaching the World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil last summer and thus became one of favorite teams in the tournament to lift the Copa America Cup. After an impressive performance in the 2014 World Cup, Colombia are placed at the 4th position in the FIFA World Rankings. The team have got a solid attacking squad in the tournament with the likes of Jackson Martinez, Carlos Bacca, James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, but Colombia does not have enough defensive backs after the retirement of Mario Yepes.
Venezuela have never reached the Copa America final and are the only South American team that have never qualified for the World Cup. Venezuela had their best performance at the last Copa America where they advanced to the semi-finals. Currently, the team are in good shape and have good defenders and quality strikers in the tournament, including Roberto Rosales, Tomas Rincon, Salomon Rondon and Nicolas Fedor.
Both teams have played sixteen games against each other, out of which both sides have won six games and four games ended in draw. Venezuela have an impressive record against Colombia, losing only one game in their last five fixtures.
Colombia are stronger than Venezuela in all areas of the game and are clear favorites to win this match. Considering the past performances and standings, we predict Colombia will register a simple victory here. Also, we expect a high scoring game so we suggest to place your bets on the Match x Goals.
Colombia: Ospina; Zuniga, Zapata, Murillo, Andrade; Cuadrado, Sanchez, Mejia; Rodrguez; Falcao, Martinez
Venezuela: Baroja; Rosales, Vizcarrondo, Amorebieta, Cichero; Murillo, Seijas, Rincon, Arango; Rondon, Martinez
Prediction: Match x Goals- Colombia Win and Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.20 at William Hill Sports
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