Colombia entered Copa America in a strange period, without Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez due to injury, and in uninspiring form in World Cup qualifying. They had won two, drawn two and lost two of their six games, and opened Copa America against a team that beat them 6-1 under a year ago. However, Colombia allayed any fears with a hard-fought 1-0 victory to take second spot in Group A after one game, behind only Brazil. With four of the five teams in Group A going through, Colombia will already feel confident of progression, but another victory would surely all-but secure it.
On the other side of this match, Venezuela will be looking to keep their Copa America journey alive. Although one defeat alone is not damaging in the Copa America group stage, a second could put them on the brink of an early exit – having to chase in their remaining two matches. There were extenuating circumstances in the 3-0 defeat to Brazil, but it was a continuation of their recent form, with Venezuela winning just one of their six games going into Copa America, losing four.
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Colombia vs Venezuela: Match Stats
Although Colombia were made to work hard for their victory over Ecuador, they should have things a lot easier against a Venezuela side that couldn’t put up much of a fight against Brazil. Venezuela barely troubled the Brazil goal, having just three shots and only hitting the target once.
Colombia’s current squad isn’t blessed with goals, but in Luis Muriel they have someone who can make a difference. Muriel is the joint-top scorer in the current Colombia squad with eight goals and averaged 1.38 goals per 90 minutes in Serie A for Atalanta last season.
Colombia vs Venezuela: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Colombia 2-0 Venezuela
Colombia vs Venezuela: Odds
Colombia vs Venezuela: Head to Head
10 October 2020 – Colombia 3-0 Venezuela – World Cup Qualifying
10 September 2019 – Colombia 0-0 Venezuela – Friendly
08 September 2018 – Colombia 2-1 Venezuela – Friendly
31 August 2017 – Venezuela 0-0 Colombia – World Cup Qualifying
01 September 2016 – Colombia 2-0 Venezuela – World Cup Qualifying
Colombia have enjoyed their meetings with Venezuela across all competitions, losing just six of the 39 games played so far (18 wins, 15 draws). Los Cafeteros are unbeaten in their past five games against Venezuela including a 3-0 win in World Cup qualifying last October.