Colombia - Venezuela - Copa America 2015 Match Preview
Colombia vs Venzuela - Copa America 2015 Match Preview

Jose Pekerman's Colombia will look to start their Copa America 2015 campaign with a win against the weakest team in Group C, Venezuela.

Los Cafeteros are ambitious going to Chile for this summer's Copa America and a win in their opening group stage game against a Venezuela side expected to leave the tournament at the group stage would be a great start for them.

The nations neighbour each other on the South America continent but are far apart in terms of the players available to them.

While Colombia reached the World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil last summer, Venezuela sat in their own country watching the tournament.

Yet if any tournament is to spring a surprise, it is the Copa America. Small teams like Peru have gone on to finish 3rd on occasion, like in 2011 while Bolivia finished runners up in 1997. Venezuela themselves have sprung surprise, finishing 4th in 2011, they're best ever finish.

Sunday June 14th - Colombia vs Venezuela - 20:00 UK time

Colombia are expected to challenge for the title this year, trying to beat the consistently successful trio of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

Predicted Line-Ups

Colombia: Ospina; Andrande, Murillo, Zapata, Zuniga; Valencia, Mejia; James, Cuadrado; Falcao, Martinez. 

Venezuela: Baroka; Rosales, Vizzcarrondo, Amorebieta, Cichero; Murillo, Seijas, Rincon, Arango; Rondon, Martinez.

The two sides are highly contrasting. While Jose Pekerman will be able to select high profile names like James Rodriguez, Jackson Martinez, Juan Cuadrado and Cristian Zapata, Venezuela have just two well known names.

Those names are only well known to the obsessed football fan to make the point more obvious. Juan Arango and Salomón Rondón will be the two players that European football fans will recognise on the team sheet but are part of an ageing side that is weak in defence.


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SQUADS

Colombia

Goalkeepers

Cristian Bonilla (Equidad) - David Ospina (Arsenal) - Camilo Vargas (Atlético Nacional)

Defenders

Darwin Andrade (Standard Liege) - Santiago Arias (PSV) - Pablo Armero (Flamengo) - Pedro Franco (Besiktas) - Jeison Murillo (Granada) - Carlos Valdes (Nacional) - Cristian Zapata (Milan) - Camilo Zuniga (Napoli)

Midfielders

Edwin Cardona (Monterrey) - Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea) - Alexander Mejia (Monterrey)-  James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) - Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) - Edwin Valencia (Santos)

Forwards

Carlos Bacca (Sevilla) - Radamel Falcao (Monaco) - Teofilo Gutierrez (River Plate) - Victor Ibarbo (Roma) - Jackson Martinez (Soon to be AC Milan, currently  Porto) - Luis Muriel (Sampdoria)

Venezuela

Goalkeepers

Alain Baroja (Caracas) - Wuilker Faríñez (Caracas) - Daniel Hernández (Tenerife).

Defenders

Gabriel Cichero (Mineros de Guayana) - Grenddy Perozo (Ajaccio) - Andrés Túñez (Buriram United) -  Wilker Ángel (Deportivo Táchira) - Roberto Rosales (Málaga) - Fernando Amorebieta (Middlesbrough) - Oswaldo Vizcarrondo (Nantes).

Midfielders

Rafael Acosta (Mineros de Guayana) - Ronald Vargas (Baliskersirspor) - Franklin Lucena (Deportivo La Guaira) - César González (Deportivo Táchira) - Tomás Rincón (Genoa) - John Murillo (Zamora) - Luis Manuel Seijas (Santa Fe) - Juan Arango (Tijuana) - Alejandro Guerra (Atlético Nacional).

Forwards

Gelmín Rivas (Deportivo Táchira) - Nicolás "Miku" Fedor (Rayo Vallecano) - Josef Martínez (Torino) - Salomón Rondón (Zenit).

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