Venezuela-Peru Preview: Crunch clash for South American pair
Both sides suffered a devastating defeat on Friday but can reignite hopes of a World Cup place with three points in Puerto La Cruz
By Sam Williams
Venezuela and Peru will both be aiming to keep their hopes of World Cup 2014 qualification alive when they meet on Tuesday.
Cesar Farias' men sit sixth in the South American qualification section, just three points behind Uruguay, who currently occupy the all-important fifth spot that will earn a play-off against either Jordan or Uzbekistan.
Meanwhile, Peru travel to Puerto La Cruz just two points behind Venezuela, although their chances of finishing fifth took a severe blow when a Luis Suarez double condemned them to a 2-1 home defeat to Uruguay on Friday.
Sergio Markarian's side have now lost their last two qualifiers, but will be buoyed by the fact they came from behind to beat Venezuela 2-1 in the reverse qualifying fixture in Lima last September.
Jefferson Farfan netted twice on that occasion after Juan Arango's opener for Farias' team and the Schalke forward - along with Bayern Munich striker Claudio Pizarro - is again likely to be their main threat.
Venezuela go into the match in desperate need of a positive result to snap their sequence of four Conmebol qualification fixtures without a win.
They were beaten 3-0 by an in-form Chile in Santiago on Friday and slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in their previous home qualifier in June.
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Top 3 Predictions
Venezuela 2-0 Peru
- 17.35 %
Venezuela 2-1 Peru
- 15.98 %
Venezuela 1-2 Peru
- 11.87 %
|World Cup Qualifying - Conmebol (WCQ)||Sep 11, 2013||Venezuela 3 - Peru 2|
|World Cup Qualifying - Conmebol (WCQ)||Sep 8, 2012||Peru 2 - Venezuela 1|
|Copa America (CA)||Jul 23, 2011||Peru 4 - Venezuela 1|
|World Cup Qualifying - Conmebol (WCQ)||Sep 10, 2009||Venezuela 3 - Peru 1|
|World Cup Qualifying - Conmebol (WCQ)||Sep 6, 2008||Peru 1 - Venezuela 0|
|Mar 6, 2014||Honduras 2 - Venezuela 1||FR|
|Oct 11, 2013||Venezuela 1 - Paraguay 1||WCQ|
|Sep 11, 2013||Venezuela 3 - Peru 2||WCQ|
|Sep 7, 2013||Chile 3 - Venezuela 0||WCQ|
|Aug 15, 2013||Venezuela 2 - Bolivia 2||FR|
|-||Tomás Eduardo Rincón|
|-||Juan Fernando Arango|
|-||Andres Tuñez Arceo|
|-||G. Di Giorgi|
|-||A. Saco Vértiz||Defender|
|7||Josepmir Ballón Villacorta||Midfielder|