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.
|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.
- 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.
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- 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.