Venezuela vs Peru - Open match expected between dangerous attacks

Closely-fought Copa America contest on the cards
Expect a closely fought attacking Copa America contest between Venezuela and Peru. (Getty Images)
Expect a closely fought attacking Copa America contest between Venezuela and Peru. (Getty Images)

Venezuela vs Peru Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Venezuela and Peru face off in the Copa America on Saturday in a clash between two teams with great potential for goals. BTTS is the tip for the match at the Arena do Gremio at 2.10.

Venezuela Form & Team News


Venezuela beat the USA 3-0 away in their last match thanks to a Salomon Rondon brace and a Jefferson Savarino goal. They saw BTTS in six consecutive matches prior to that triumph.

Rondon is in great form with four goals in his last four matches for club and country. The unfancied Venezuela can look to him for inspiration as they chase another shock victory to follow up recent triumphs over the USA and Argentina.

Rafael Dudamel’s men are paying 3.25 for the win and 3.00 for a draw in the first match of their Copa America campaign. I am tipping BTTS at 2.10 because this is an outcome which Venezuela see often and a draw because the teams are relatively evenly-matched.

Salomon Rondon is in hot form with four goals in his last three matches for club and country. (Getty Images)
Salomon Rondon is in hot form with four goals in his last four matches for club and country. (Getty Images)

Peru Form & Team News


Peru went down 3-0 to Colombia in a recent home friendly with Yoshimar Yotun’s red card costing them dearly. This was a sign of what can happen to Ricardo Gareca’s side if they lose their cool defensively.

La Blanquirroja are a decent team overall as evidenced by Peru’s respectable showing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. They pack a punch upfront with Paolo Guerrero still a deadly striker after scoring 35 goals for Peru.

Guerrero plays his club football in Brazil for Internacional and his knowledge of the football scene in the country might help Peru bury opponents in the Copa America.

The bookmakers rate Peru as slight favourites for the win and La Blanquirroja are paying 2.37. I see value in BTTS given that Venezuela see this outcome often and Peru recently conceded three times against Colombia.

Venezuela vs Peru Head to Head


Peru are 19-8 with five draws in 32 matches against Venezuela and the last two encounters between these sides have been 2-2 draws.

The most recent meeting came in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Maturin. Venezuela went ahead twice through Mikel Villanueva and Romulo Otero but Peru responded with goals from Andre Carrillo and Paolo Guerrero.

Venezuela vs Peru Match Up


Salomon Rondon is the key man for Venezuela with four goals in his last four matches for club and country. Paolo Guerrero meanwhile has netted eight times in his last 12 matches for Internacional and Peru. Brace yourself as we could be in for a titanic battle between two experienced strikers.

Veteran Peru striker Paolo Guerrero remains as passionate as ever. (Getty Images)
Veteran Peru striker Paolo Guerrero remains as passionate as ever. (Getty Images)

Venezuela vs Peru Key Statistics


  • Venezuela have seen BTTS in 6 of their last 7 matches (all competitions).
  • Venezuela have seen BTTS in their last 2 matches (Copa America).
  • Peru have seen BTTS in their last 2 matches against Venezuela (World Cup qualifiers).
  • Peru and Venezuela have seen BTTS in 6 of their last 8 meetings (all competitions).
  • Peru's last 2 matches against Venezuela have been 2-2 draws (World Cup qualifiers).

Verdict


Venezuela and Peru are two teams with in-form strikers and a history of seeing goals at both ends when they play each other. I am tipping BTTS for this Copa America clash at 2.10.

Best Bet: BTTS Yes @ 2.10 at bet365 - 5 Units
Value Bet: Draw @ 3.00 at bet365 - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: 2-2 Draw @ 19.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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