Best Odds: 2/1
The Copa America is set to get underway, as we prepare for what should be a really entertaining summer of international action. Some folks aren’t going to be all too interested in seeing what happens, but we tend to believe some of the world’s best teams will be taking part in this tournament. Sure, the 2018 FIFA World Cup would suggest otherwise, but we’ll put that to one side for now. We’re here to talk about Venezuela vs Peru, which has the potential to be one of the games of the tournament.
Venezuela aren’t exactly one of the big dogs in the South American football scene, but they’ve certainly got a passionate fanbase. Their last six game run began with a 1-1 draw against Japan, before they went on to draw 1-1 with Iran too. They shockingly managed to defeat Argentina, but followed it up with a 1-1 draw against Ecuador. They then lost 3-1 to Mexico, and in their most recent game, they really did cause quite a stir as they absolutely destroyed the United States in a 3-0 triumph.
Josef Martinez is set to make it to the bench, with Salomon Rondon being favoured as the lone forward. Rafael Dudamel is expected to feature many of the same members of the starting XI as he did against the USA.
Peru went into the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a lot of momentum, but they weren’t really able to capitalise on that as they probably would’ve hoped. In their last six games they’ve certainly had mixed fortunes, starting with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Ecuador before they were beaten 3-2 by Costa Rica. They went on to defeat Paraguay 1-0, but they came crashing back down to earth with a 2-0 defeat to El Salvador. They went on to get some revenge on Costa Rica with a 1-0 win, but a 3-0 loss to Colombia put them right back where they started.
Jefferson Farfan is expected to start on the bench as he isn’t really a regular these days, whereas Paolo Guerrero will get the nod to feature.
Factors to Consider
- Peru lead the overall head to head standings 20-8 with six draws.
- Venezuela have two wins, three draws and one loss in their last six games.
- Peru have two wins and four losses in their last six games.
- Venezuela have scored 10 goals and conceded seven in their last six games.
- Peru have scored four goals and conceded 10 in their last six games.
We can see this being a pretty entertaining encounter, as Venezuela prepare to come out swinging. They’re going to have built up some momentum from their most recent win, and we really want to see that translate into a fun game. We can’t imagine that it wouldn’t, especially given some of the superstars Peru have in their ranks. A draw probably isn’t going to do a whole lot for either team within their group, but who knows, perhaps it’ll inspire them to put on an absolute classic against the Brazilians.
Best Odds: 2/1
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