Peru vs Venezuela Match Analysis & Prediction
22/11/2023 5:00 am
Early dark horses Venezuela travel to Estadio Nacional de Lima on Wednesday to face Peru, the nation currently bottom of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.
Venezuela remain the only nation on the continent to have never reached the World Cup, but a fine start has built belief that they could end that long wait.
Hosts Peru are having a surprising start to their qualifying campaign, sitting bottom after five matches, having only picked up one point.
That came in a goalless draw with Paraguay on matchday one, and they are still yet to open their account in the section, as four straight defeats to nil have followed.
While Peru have arguably been the big underschievers so far, Venezuela have comfortably been the biggest overachievers, sitting in an automatic qualification spot.
Venezuela have been the perennial failures, having never succeeded in reaching the finals after first entering qualifying for the 1966 edition.
However, Fernando Batista’s side appear capable of re-writing their history, as a fine start has them well in contention. After five matches, they sit fourth, above Brazil, who they drew with in their last away game.
A matchday one defeat to Colombia remains their only blemish, as a goalless draw with Ecuador on Friday saw Venezuela extend their unbeaten run to four matches – two of which were wins, against Chile and Paraguay.
Peru vs. Venezuela Head to head
In the 20 previous meetings between these two teams, Peru have claimed 10 victories while Venezuela have won six, and they have drawn in four. Venezuela have scored 24 goals and conceded 26 in the process.
24/03/2017Venezuela2Peru2CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
15/06/2019Venezuela0Peru0CONMEBOL Copa America
28/06/2021Venezuela0Peru1CONMEBOL Copa America
06/09/2021Peru1Venezuela0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
17/11/2021Venezuela1Peru2CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
Peru Team News
Defender Aldo Corzo is set to make his 50th cap for Peru here, as he is likely to start at right-back again with Luis Advincula unavailable through suspension after picking up another booking on Thursday.
Christian Cueva remains out, having not yet featured in this qualifying campaign as his injury woes continue.
Peru's Last 5 Matches
08/09/2023Paraguay0Peru0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
13/09/2023Peru0Brazil1CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
13/10/2023Chile2Peru0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
18/10/2023Peru0Argentina2CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
16/11/2023Bolivia2Peru0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
Venezuela Team News
Venezuela will be without the uncapped Jesus Bueno, who had been a regular with Philadelphia Union and looked capable of breaking into the side, but injury has held back his progress.
Josef Martinez remains without a club and has been overlooked by the national team here, so after scoring on his 110th cap against Chile last month, Salomon Rondon should lead the line.
Venezuela's Last 5 Matches
08/09/2023Colombia1Venezuela0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
13/09/2023Venezuela1Paraguay0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
13/10/2023Brazil1Venezuela1CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
18/10/2023Venezuela3Chile0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
17/11/2023Venezuela0Ecuador0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
Peru vs. Venezuela: Odds and Predictions
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