Venezuela vs. Peru
|Date & Time||Saturday June 15, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Arena do Grêmio
Porto Alegre, Brazil
Venezuela+225 / Peru+137 / Draw+200
The Arena do Grêmio in Porto Alegre will host Venezuela and Peru for a Copa America group A match.
Venezuela enter this match in great form after they defeated the United States on Monday in an international friendly. During the win, Venezuela were very efficient in front of goal as they had a shot accuracy rate of 44% and scored 3 goals from 4 shots on target. Salomon Rondon was very good for Venezuela as he scored 2 goals. Jefferson Savarino was also very good as he scored the second goal of the match. In the past 12 months, Venezuela have played very well as they have beaten teams like Paraguay and Argentina. Things are looking positive for the Venezuela team and they look confident as they enter this match.
On the other side of the pitch, Peru are 1-1 from their two warm-up games as they defeated Costa Rica but lost to Colombia. While the loss to Colombia would have been disappointing, Peru played well as they had 47% of the ball and 9 shots. This Peru side has developed significantly over the past few years and that was evident as they qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This will not be an easy opening match for Peru as their opponents have been in good form but considering their results over the past 12 months, they will be confident in their ability to win.
Peru and Venezuela last met in 2017 in a World Cup qualifier. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. During that match, Venezuela took a 2-0 lead but Peru scored twice in the second half to level the result. Venezuela was the home team for that match.
Both Peru and Venezuela look in great form and will enter this match with the hope of winning. With Brazil being in this group, this match will be extremely vital to both sides as it will likely decide the team that finishes second. This should be a close contest but I am going to pick Venezuela to get the 3 points. Venezuela have been playing outstanding football in recent months and their win over the US should give them enough momentum to get a victory in this fixture.