Venezuela ended a three-game winless run earlier this week, and though victories have been sparse for Rafael Dudamel’s side, they tend to be dominant when they do win. All of their previous four victories have come by a margin of 2+ goals, and they conceded just one goal across those four games.
‘La Vinotinto’ has now netted in 11 consecutive games, but a leaky defense seems to be their greatest bar to victory right now. They have managed just three clean sheets in that same 11-game sequence, with both teams scoring in eight of those matches.
Standing group A :
- Brazil 3 points
- Peru 0 points
- Venezuela 0 points
- Bolivia 0 points
Struggling Peru has won just two of their previous seven matches (W2, D1, L4). The biggest issue for Ricardo Gareca’s side has been their tendency to collapse after going behind, as each of their last six defeats has seen them concede 2+ goals.
On the flip side, all of their previous six wins have been accompanied by a clean sheet, illustrating that keeping the opposition out tends to secure them a positive result. Peru’s reliance on scoring first is further reflected by the fact that just two of Peru’s previous eight matches have seen both teams score.
Players to watch: Salomon Rondon is in lethal form, with four goals across his previous four games for club and country.
Peruvian poacher Paolo Guerrero scored when these two nations last met in 2017, and he can boast five goals in his previous six matches at the club level.
Stat attack: In the most recent Copa América, only two sides received more yellow cards than Venezuela (13).
Seven of Venezuela’s last nine goals scored have come in the first half.
Peru’s last four H2H matches against Venezuela have yielded a record of: W1, D2, L1.
Notably, seven of the ten goals scored (either way) across those matches came in the second half.
Will not play
Referee: Roldan W. (Col),
Venue: Arena do Grêmio (Porto Alegre)