Copa America preview: Venezuela - Ecuador
Both sides will be looking to pick up a vital three points after claiming valuable draws against Brazil and Paraguay respectively in their opening fixtures.
By Luke Matthews
|Venezuela: Vega; Rosales, Vizcarrondo, Perozo, Cichero; Lucena, Gonzalez, Rincon; Arango, Miku, Rondon
|Ecuador: Elizaga; Reasco, Araujo, Erazo, Ayovi; Castillo, Noboa, Mendez, Arroyo; Benitez, Caicedo||
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Venezuela has won its previous three games against Ecuador with the most recent coming in a 1-0 friendly win in 2010.
- Both sides have never won the Copa America, with Chile being the only other South American nation not to win the competition.
- Juan Arango is the nation's second most capped player and is only five appearances away from playing his 100th international match.
- The Venezuela squad for the Copa America has scored 86 goals between the players.
- Ecuador has been a draw specialist late, drawing five and losing one of its previous six fixtures.
- 15 of Ecuador's 23 man squad currently play in the nation's domestic league with the remaining players based in England, Belgium, Mexico, Spain and Russia.
- Ecuador has qualified for two World Cups in 2002 and 2006, qualifying for the round of 16 in the latter, succumbing to a 1-0 defeat to England.
- Ecuador and Venezuela are currently ranked 68th and 69th in the FIFA World Rankings, with only Bolivia (93) ranked lower out of the sides in this summer's Copa America.
Top 3 Predictions
Venezuela 0-1 Ecuador
- 18.25 %
Venezuela 1-0 Ecuador
- 15.82 %
Venezuela 2-1 Ecuador
- 12.65 %
|WCQ 2014 (Conmebol) (WCQS)||Oct 16, 2012||Venezuela 1 - Ecuador 1|
|WCQ 2014 (Conmebol) (WCQS)||Oct 7, 2011||Ecuador 2 - Venezuela 0|
|Copa America (CA)||Jul 9, 2011||Venezuela 1 - Ecuador 0|
|International Friendlies (FR)||Nov 17, 2010||Ecuador 4 - Venezuela 1|
|WCQ 2014 (Conmebol) (WCQS)||Oct 15, 2008||Venezuela 3 - Ecuador 1|
|Oct 11, 2013||Venezuela 1 - Paraguay 1||WCQS|
|Sep 10, 2013||Venezuela 3 - Peru 2||WCQS|
|Sep 6, 2013||Chile 3 - Venezuela 0||WCQS|
|Aug 14, 2013||Venezuela 2 - Bolivia 2||FR|
|Jun 11, 2013||Venezuela 0 - Uruguay 1||WCQS|
|18||Juan Fernando Arango||Midfielder|
|-||Tomás Eduardo Rincón||Midfielder|
|-||Jesús Manuel Meza Moreno|
|14||G. Di Giorgi||Midfielder|
|-||José Luis Granados|
|-||José Manuel Rey|
|-||Marcelo Ramón Elizaga|
|3||Fricson Rafael Erazo||Defender|
|-||Norberto Carlos Araujo|
|-||Michael Antonio Arroyo|
|-||Edison Vicente Méndez|
|-||Luis Armando Checa Villamar|
|-||Narciso Mina Villalba|
|-||Diego Armando Calderón|
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