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  • July 17, 2011
  • • 6:15 PM
  • • Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, San Juan, Provincia de San Juan
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Copa America preview: Chile - Venezuela

Copa America preview: Chile - Venezuela

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The winners of Group C will fight it out with the Group B runners-up for a place in the last four of this year's edition of South America's premier international tournament.


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Chile: Bravo; Contreras, Ponce, Jara; Isla, Medel, Carmona, Vidal; Jimenez, Sanchez, Suazo.


Coach Claudio Borghi has restored the status quo by naming his strongest XI once again. In come quartet Pablo Contreras in defense, Mauricio Isla and Arturo Vidal in midfield, and Alexis Sanchez in attack, with Jean Beausejour, Marco Estrada, Gonzalo Fierro and Esteban Paredes returning to their respective places on the substitute's bench. Doubts lie with Isla's fitness, however, after clashing with teammate Carlos Munoz in training and being left with a sore right ankle, but it is expected that he will still be given in the nod, despite a member of their medical team insisting it would be "inconvenient" if he did feature.

Venezuela: Vega; Rosales, Vizcarrondo, Perozo, Cichero; Lucena, Gonzalez, Rincon; Arango, Miku, Rondon



La Vinotinto have been of the biggest success stories so far in this year's Copa championships, and are impressively still unbeaten after three matches. Cesar Farias will stick with his guns for a fourth consecutive match, naming an unchanged line up from the side that enjoyed a thrilling 3-3 draw with Paraguay earlier in the week.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Chile is the most in-form side currently left in the quarters, collecting two more points than the remaining six in the group stages.
  • It has finished as quarterfinalists twice in the past four editions of the tournament.
  • There has been a different finisher for each of Chile's four goals so far.
  • The Chileans have a very good head-to-head record with their opponents, with seven wins in 11 previous meetings.
  • Coach Claudio Borghi has remained unbeaten in his helm as Chile coach, with four wins and three draws to date.
  • Venezuela has now qualified for a second consecutive Copa America quarter-final.
  • Previous to 2007, it had never progressed beyond the first-round group stage of the tournament in its current format.
  • It has won just once in 11 previous meetings with Chile, although the last two have finished as draws.
  • The Venezuelans possess the most capped player left in the tournament; Jose Manuel Rey, who has amassed a mighty 111 appearances for La Vinotinto.
  • They also possess the championship's youngest coach in Cesar Farias, who is just 38 years of age.
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