2015 Copa America: Peru vs Venezuela preview

June 17, 2015
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Peru vs VenezuelaHaving come really close to upsetting tournament favourites Brazil, Peru will be hoping to build on that performance and record the first win at the 2015 Copa America.

That will be no easy task given that Venezuela shocked Colombia to claim first three points and they clearly enter the second group game in excellent spirits.

Peru national team have been on a major downtrend of late, and they last made it to the World Cup finals back in 1982, while lifting the Copa America trophy in 1975.

Los Incas surprised everyone by achieving a third-place finish at the 2011 Copa America, but they have since enjoyed very little success.

Peru didn’t even come close to qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, finishing the qualifying campaign on 15 points, and the tournament in Chile is a good opportunity for them to try and make amends for disappointing results.

Los Incas did produce a very good performance in their opening match against Brazil, but were unlucky to lose by conceding an injury-time goal.

Nevertheless, seeing as they can take a lot of heart from that performance, it is important to note that Peru are 2.75 (7/4) to defeat Venezuela.

Star forward Jefferson Farfan looks set to miss out through a food allergy, but Juan Manuel Vargas has recovered from injury.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Gallese – Advincula, Zambrano, Ascues, Vargas – Lobaton, Ballon – Sanchez, Pizarro, Cueva – Guerrero.

Venzuela are another low-profile side that impressed at the 2011 Copa America, narrowly missing out on a place in the final.

La Vinotinto have since failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup despite showing a great deal of promise, and they arrived in Chile in good spirits.

Having been placed in a very strong group at the 2015 Copa America, Venezuela were not exactly expected to get past the group stage, but they quickly proved the doubters wrong.

La Vinotinto somehow managed to keep Colombia strikers at bay in their opening match, before Salomon Rondon scored the winner at the hour mark.

As a result, Venezuela could even be in contention for the first place in their group if they defeat Peru, with away win paying 2.90 (19/10).

With no fresh selection problems to report, coach Noel Sanvicente is widely expected to stick to the same side that started the Colombia game.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Baroja – Rosales, Vizcarrondo, Tunez, Amorebieta – Rincon, Seijas – Vargas, Arango, Guerra – Rondon.

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