thumbnail Hello,
Live

Copa America

  • July 9, 2011
  • • 5:30 PM
  • • Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Ciudad de Salta, Provincia de Salta
  • Referee: W. Quesada
1
FT
0

Copa America preview: Venezuela - Ecuador

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.


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

Venezuela is likely to name the same side which picked up an impressive draw against holders Brazil in its opening game of Group B. Tomas Rincon will be a key figure again for the nation if it is to keep its hopes of qualifying for the quarterfinals alive.

Ecuador: Elizaga; Reasco, Araujo, Erazo, Ayovi; Castillo, Noboa, Mendez, Arroyo; Benitez, Caicedo


Reinaldo Rueda has already picked his starting side, making several changes from the side which picked up a 0-0 draw versus Paraguay last weekend. As expected, Michael Arroyo comes into the side on the wing in place of Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia, who is injured.


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.
Follow Goal.com on to get the latest soccer news directly. Check out Goal.com's page; be part of the best soccer fan community in the world!

Editor's Prediction

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Venezuela

Ecuador

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Venezuela VEN
Venezuela Venezuela
Draw
Ecuador ECU
Ecuador Ecuador
45%
42%

Top 3 Predictions

Venezuela VEN
0 - 1
Ecuador ECU
Venezuela VEN
1 - 0
Ecuador ECU
Venezuela VEN
2 - 1
Ecuador ECU

Related

From the web

From the web