Venezuela vs. Bolivia
|Date & Time||Saturday June 22, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Venezuela-225 / Bolivia+650 / Draw+320
In the 2019 Copa America, Venezuela and Bolivia will play each other in the final round of group stage games.
Venezuela played extremely well in their previous game as they managed a 0-0 draw against Brazil. It was a determined performance by Venezuela and they had only 31% of the ball but managed to hold a deep line and prevent the likes of Roberto Firmino and Coutinho from scoring. In the 90 minutes, Venezuela only allowed Brazil to take 1 shot on target. Venezuela have defended extremely well throughout this tournament as they have not conceded a single goal in 180 minutes.
While the defense has been impressive, Venezuela have also failed to score in their 2 games. While 0-0 draws were acceptable against Peru and Brazil, Venezuela must produce goals in this match since a win will be the easiest way for them to gain entry into the quarterfinals. Venezuela will feel that they can produce goals with the likes of Salomón Rondón in the team.
Venezuela have 2 points from their 3 games which means a win in this match will place them in a very strong position in the group.
Bolivia, on the other hand, have been very poor throughout this tournament. Bolivia lost 3-0 against Brazil and then lost 3-1 against Peru. Bolivia must win to have a chance of qualifying but the team looks very poor. Bolivia lack attacking flair and the defense looks very weak. In the previous game, Peru had 18 shots against them. Bolivia only managed 7 shots in the entire match against Peru. The only goal that Bolivia have scored in this tournament was from a penalty kick.
Bolivia have lost both their games and have no points.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Venezuela to win this match. Bolivia have been the weakest team in this group and they lack the quality to compete against most teams in the competition. Venezuela have been outstanding all tournament and the players will be high on confidence following their result against Brazil. There is a great balance in the Venezuela team and I see them being too strong for Bolivia in this fixture.