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Venezuela vs Ecuador Prediction:
We have seen some very disappointing performances from the Copa America fixtures so far, but the craziest of the lot was Venezuela’s 0-0 draw against Colombia.
This team manager by Jose Pesario looked clueless for the majority of the game yet saved by some brilliant saves from Wuilker Faríñez in the goal.
Ecuador are a hardworking side, they like to keep possession of the ball and create chances through nifty touches from their skilful midfield players.
In general, this could be enough to find a goal or two, while I trust their defense to see off any threat from the Vene attack.
Keep an eye on Gonzalo Plata, he was brilliant in the opening game for Ecuador. The Sporting CP midfielder is not known for goals, but for tireless runs and quick feet that open deep sitting defenses in the blink of an eye.
Venezuela vs Ecuador Preview:
Venezuela and Ecuador hope for their first win of the Copa America 2021 when they lock horns at Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.
Having earned a goal-less draw against Colombia in their second group, the Vinotinto moved to third in the group standings.
But it was nothing, but another terrible performance from the team managed by Jose Peseiro as the Colombians stationed inside Venezuela’s penalty box for the entire 90 minute. In the end the 25-odd chances were not enough to find a winning goal, with goal-keeper Wuilker Farinez contributing heavily with some mesmerizing saves.
Ecuador will be playing their second match on Sunday, they lost to Colombia by a narrow 0-1 scoreline on matchday 1. They have a chance here to bag three points before preparing for back-to-back tough games against Peru and accidental hosts Brazil.
Ecuador did well despite losing narrowly to Colombia. They gave their opponents very few chances, the solitary goal was from a brilliant set-piece routine. But improvements must be made in the attacking third since they created very little as well.
Prior to this tournament, the Tricolor lost back-to-back games to Brazil and Peru whom they will meet in the group phase as well. However, their previous four were all wins, one of them a massive 6-1 versus Colombia.
At the same time, it will be worth noting that they have failed to score just twice in the last 7.
A 2-1 win against Chile in November 2020 is the only positive result this Venezuela team has achieved since football restarted after Covid-19 pandemic. They lost 5 and drew in this 8 match spell.
The worrying part is their attacking front, netted in a humble 2 games during this period.
Series: Cope America 2021
Match: Venezuela vs Ecuador
Date: Sunday, 20 June 2021
Venue: Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos (Rio de Janeiro)
Time: 22:00 UK/ 23:00 CET/ 02:00 PST
HEAD to HEAD:
- Ecuador are unbeaten in the last 6 head-to-head meetings with Venezuela, 3 wins and 3 draws.
- Their latest two meetings are in friendly games, both ended with the same 1-1 full-time scoreline, the most recent game played in June 2019.
- However, Venezuela bagged a 1-0 win when the teams met for a last time in the Copa America, the year was 2011.
- Only 2 of their last 7 games have seen over 2.5 goals, though both teams scored in 3.
Probable Starting 11 Players:
Farinez; Gonzalez, La Mantia, L Martinez, Mago, Cumana; J Martinez, Moreno, Manzano, Casseres; Aristeguieta
Ortiz; Preciado, Arboleda, Hincapie, Estupinan; Plata, Caicedo, Mendez, Martinez; Estrada, Valencia
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