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.
|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.
- 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.