Bolivia vs Venezuela - Copa America 2019


Bolivia and Venezuela will meet on Saturday for their last games in group A of Copa America 2019. The Bolivians are already out of the tournament as they lost their two previous games and have no chance of progression, while a victory will see Venezuela go to the knock-out stage.

THE TEAM NEWS:
BOLIVIA

Bolivia are at the bottom of Group A with no points following defeats to Brazil and Peru in their opening two matches and they have now lost each of their last seven Copa America games.
Last time out against Peru they scored their first goal in five matches when they took the lead after 28 minutes through a Marcelo Moreno penalty but they failed to hold on to the advantage as Peru levelled on the stroke of half-time and an early goal in the second period set Peru on their way to victory.
Bolivia have competed well in patches during their matches against Brazil and Peru but in the end have not been strong enough at either end of the pitch to avoid defeat. The loss against Peru was their fifth consecutive defeat and they have not won a match since October 2018 – a sequence of nine games.

VENEZUELA

Venezuela have been involved in goalless draws in both of their opening two fixtures of the tournament with their stalemate against Brazil last time out following their draw against Peru on matchday one.
They had to ride their luck against the host nation as Brazil had three goals ruled out and missed a series of chances during the encounter.
Venezuela may have only two points so far but a win in this fixture would give them a good chance of progressing as either the second-placed team if Peru or Brazil lose and also potentially as one of the best third-placed teams if that match finishes as a draw.

THE PREDICTION:

Venezuela will have to improve in attack if they are to register their first win of the tournament against Bolivia who are looking to stop a run of seven consecutive defeats in Copa America matches. There is plenty of incentive for Venezuela to win the game as they strive to reach the knockout stages and with three consecutive clean sheets in international matches, it seems that it may just take one goal to settle the encounter. Bolivia have faded during the second half of their matches and this could be when Venezuela strike the winning blow.

Source: thestatszone.com

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