Ecuador will be looking to get their first point of Copa America when they face Venezuela in Group A on Sunday at 10pm (UK time).
Gustavo Alfaro’s side have only played once in the competition so far, losing to Brazil, while Venezuela have one point from their two matches.
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Where to watch Venezuela vs Ecuador on TV:
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Scoreline prediction: Venezuela 0-1 Ecuador
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Venezuela vs Ecuador build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Venezuela have just two games left to keep their Copa America journey live, still without a win. They haven’t had the best of luck at the start of the tournament, with extenuating circumstances clouding their 3-0 defeat to Brazil, but they did bounce back to impressive against Colombia. Venezuela held Los Cafeteros to a goalless draw to secure their first point of the tournament, putting them above Ecuador and Peru. With four of the five teams from the group going through, Venezuela will be hopeful of reaching the next round, but they know defeat here could put them in real danger.
Ecuador, meanwhile, have still played just one game, a 1-0 defeat to Colombia on the opening day of the tournament. Due to the odd number of teams in the group, Ecuador were watching on as the remaining four sides went head-to-head in the second round of fixtures. As a result, they remain without a point and only ahead of Peru on goal difference – though they do have three games left to play. Like Venezuela, victory here would go some way to securing their spot in the next round, especially when having a game in hand on the teams above them.
- Venezuela (vs Colombia): Farinez; Gonzalez, Del Pino Mago, La Mantia, A Martinez, Cumana; J Martinez, Manzano, Moreno, Casseres Jr; Aristeguieta.
- Ecuador (vs Colombia): Ortiz; Preciado, Arboleda, Hincapie, Estupinan; Plata, Mendez, Caicedo, Martinez; Estrada, Valencia.
Neither side has any fresh injury concerns.
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Player to watch: Enner Valencia (Ecuador)
If Ecuador are to pile the misery on Venezuela and get on the board in Copa America 2021, they’ll be heavily reliant on Enner Valencia. The 31-year-old Ecuador captain is the top-scoring player in the squad with 31 strikes coming in just 58 caps.
His tally of 31 is also enough for Valencia to be joint all-time top goalscorer for Ecuador, level with Augustin Delgado who scored 31 in 71 caps between 1994 and 2006. Valencia, formerly of West Ham United, spent 2020/21 with Fenerbahce, joining the Turkish club from Tigres in the summer of 2020. He had a good campaign in Turkey, scoring 12 goals in 34 games, more than any other player at the club.
However, Valencia is on a mini drought for Ecuador, having failed to score in each of their past five matches since netting twice in a 3-0 friendly win over Trinidad and Tobago in November 2019. His last competitive goal for Ecuador came in the 2019 Copa America, as he scored in a 2-1 defeat to Chile in the group stages.