Copa America Preview: Peru - Venezuela
Peru looks to secure its best-ever Copa America finish since the golden generation of the 70s, while Venezuela appears in its first-ever third-place play-off.
By Enis Koylu
|Peru: Fernandez; Carmona, Acasiete, Rodriguez, Vilchez; Balbin, Yotun, Ballon, Cruzado; Guerrero, Advincula.
Star man and captain Juan Manuel Vargas misses out due to his red card in the semifinal against Uruguay. After limping off in that match, Adan Balbin is a doubt, though the Universidad San Martin midfielder could be risked.
|Venezuela: Vega; Rosales, Rey, Vizcarrondo, Cichero; Lucena, Gonzalez, Rincon; Arango; Miku, Rondon.
Miku will likely be restored to the starting line-up after shining when coming off the bench in the semifinal. Juan Manuel Rey is set to start given Grenndy Perozo's knock.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Peru was in the top four of the competition in 1959 - also in Argentina, missing out on third place to Paraguay.
- Out of all the teams that got into the quarterfinals, only Colombia netted fewer goals than Peru.
- Peru's quarterfinal victory against Colombia was its first last-eight victory in eight attempts.
- Peru is currently placed 49th in the Fifa rankings - up from its lowest ever position of 91st just 20 months ago.
- If Venezuela wins on Saturday, it will have won more games at this Copa America than it has in all of its previous appearances combined.
- With six different goalscorers, Venezuela has had more names on the scoresheet in this edition of the Copa than any other team.
- Only Venezuela has scored more than one goal from outside the penalty area in the tournament.
- Peru lost its only game at La Plata - a 2-0 defeat in the semifinal to Argentina, while Venezuela kicked off its Copa America campaign at this ground with a shock 0-0 draw with Brazil.
- These two sides met in the 2007 Copa America - with host Venezuela emerging with a 2-0 victory.
Top 3 Predictions
Peru 1-2 Venezuela
- 17.17 %
Peru 0-1 Venezuela
- 16.89 %
Peru 1-0 Venezuela
- 12.81 %
|WCQ 2014 (Conmebol) (WCQS)||Sep 10, 2013||Venezuela 3 - Peru 2|
|WCQ 2014 (Conmebol) (WCQS)||Sep 7, 2012||Peru 2 - Venezuela 1|
|Copa America (CA)||Jul 23, 2011||Peru 4 - Venezuela 1|
|WCQ 2014 (Conmebol) (WCQS)||Sep 9, 2009||Venezuela 3 - Peru 1|
|WCQ 2014 (Conmebol) (WCQS)||Sep 6, 2008||Peru 1 - Venezuela 0|
|Oct 15, 2013||Peru 1 - Bolivia 1||WCQS|
|Oct 11, 2013||Argentina 3 - Peru 1||WCQS|
|Sep 10, 2013||Venezuela 3 - Peru 2||WCQS|
|Sep 6, 2013||Peru 1 - Uruguay 2||WCQS|
|Aug 14, 2013||South Korea 0 - Peru 0||FR|
|-||Aldo Sebastián Corzo|
|-||Adán Alonso Balbín|
|19||Víctor Yoshimar Yotún||Midfielder|
|-||Antonio Emiliano González|
|-||Leao Butrón Gotuzzo|
|7||Josepmir Ballón Villacorta||Midfielder|
|-||José Manuel Rey|
|-||Tomás Eduardo Rincón||Midfielder|
|-||José Luis Granados|
|14||G. Di Giorgi||Midfielder|
|-||Jesús Manuel Meza Moreno|
|-||Alejandro Abraham Guerra|