Copa America – Group C: Peru vs Venezuela Preview, Betting Tips and Prediction
Peru will face Venezuela at the Estadio Ellias Figueroa Brander on Friday evening. Venezuela have started this Copa America campaign with a win against Colombia in the first round, while Peru made a rough start to the Copa America campaign with a defeat against Brazil on Sunday. Peru took the lead against Brazil in less than three minutes when Christian Cueva scored a goal to make it 1-0, but Brazil equalized with a goal two minutes later through Neymar and secured a win after Douglas Costa struck a goal into the injury time. On the other hand, Venezuela impressed everyone by defeating Colombia 1-0 at El Teniente Stadium in Rancagua with Jose Salomon Rondon scoring at 60’. Venezuela have made their first victory over Colombia in the history of the Copa America tournament.
Venezuela have improved its game over the past few years, qualified for the semi-finals for the first time and finished fourth in the 2011 Copa America tournament. After the tournament, the confidence was so high within the Venezuela squad that the team went on to beat Argentina in the early rounds of 2014 World Cup qualification. Currently, the team have got a good attacking squad in the tournament with the likes of captain Juan Arango and Jose Salomon Rondon but Venezuela does not have enough defensive backs. The team have never reached the Copa America final and are the only South American team that have never qualified for the World Cup. Venezuela will be desperate for a win in order to progress to the quarter-finals.
Peru are considered underdog in the group, but despite that they played extremely well against Brazil. Peru have an impressive record in Copa America tournament, finished third in the 2011 edition of the tournament and reached the quarter-finals of each of the four Copa Americas since 2001. Peru have good experienced players in the tournament with the likes of Juan Manuel Vargas, Claudio Pizarro, Jefferson Farfan, and Paolo Guerrero.
Venezuela have registered four wins and two loss in their last six games, while Peru have managed just two wins from last six games. Venezuela defeated Peru by a score of 1-0 in a pre-tournament friendly match. In the last 13 games played between the teams, Venezuela won 6 games, Peru also won 6 games and one game ended in draw.
Venezuela are stronger than Peru in all areas of the game and are clear favorites to win this match. We predict Venezuela will register a simple victory here. Also, we expect a high scoring game so we suggest to place your bets on the Total Goals- Over 2.5.
Peru: Gallese, Requena, Advincula, Ramos, Zambrano, Farfan, Reyna, Vargas, Carrillo, Pizarro, Sánchez
Venezuela: Baroja, Rosales, Vizcarrondo, ozo, Tunez, Acosta, Seijas, Vargas, Rincón, Fedor, Rondon
1. Venezuela To Win @ 2.62 at William Hill Sports
2. Total Goals- Over 2.5 @ 2.50 at William Hill Sports
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