Venezuela will face Peru in their first Copa America match at the Arena do Gremio tonight.
Peru managed to sneak their way into the World Cup from the CONMEBOL after intense competition. They finished fifth after leaving two-time Copa America defending champions in the dust. Their campaign in Russia might have been a bust, but they did provide some thrills against the likes of France and Denmark.
Venezuela finished at the bottom of the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualification table and could post just 12 points from their 18 games. All they could manage during the while was two wins.
Venezuela Team News
With a team full of exciting youngsters as well as more experienced players, spearheaded by both Salomon Rondon and Tomas Rincon, both on the back of a superb season in the Premier League and Serie A respectively and with some great balance to their side, they can go far in this tournament.
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 15, 2019
In goal, Farinez will likely start for Venezuela while Hernandez will start at right-back together with Rosales on the left. Chancellor and Villanueva will complete the defence as they start in the central positions.
In midfield, it will be Murillo who starts at left wing while Savarino could be given the nod on the right. The three central midfielders are expected to be Tomas Rincon, Herrera and Moreno.
In attack, the sole striker will probably be Salomon Rondon.
Farinez; Hernandez, Chancellor, Villanueva, Rosales; Rincon, Moreno, Herrera; Savarino, Murillo, Rondon
Peru Team News
Peru manager Ricardo is expected to start with Gallese in goal while Advincula and Trauco will be the two to start on the flanks in defence. Araujo and Abram should be the ones who make up the central defensive pair.
— SportPesa Care (@SportPesa_Care) June 15, 2019
Yotun and Tapia could be the ones starting at defensive midfield positions while Carillo will start on the right while Flores will be the winger on the left. Cueva could start at central attacking midfield.
The only attacking player is expected to be national hero Pablo Guerrero.
Gallese; Advincula, Araujo, Abram, Trauco; Yotun, Tapia; Carrillo, Cueva, Flores; Guerrero
- 16 of the last 22 wins went to Peru.
- Six of the last eight meetings had goals from both teams.
- Peru found the back of the net in ten of the last twelve encounters.
- Last Venezuela recorded a win in a competitive tie was six years back.
*Odds are subject to change