Match Preview: In the first match of Group C of COPA AMERICA CENTANERIO 2016, the Caribbean side Jamaica will take on the Latin opponent Venezuela at Sunday night. This is the second time Jamaica Football Team is competing in the COPA tournament and Venezuela would be the fourth opponent of their COPA history. After their three consecutive losing at the last edition of the COPA AMERICA, Jamaica will obviously try to make an impressive journey in this year. On the other side, Venezuela also does not have any better records in this tournament. Despite of having some bitter experiences, the Venezuelan side might be influenced as they managed to grab the third spot of COPA AMERICA 2011 edition. Both the team will be desperate to start their COPA journey with an impressing win.
Head to head: These two teams have been face off each other for three times. Venezuela are leading their battles as they had two victories so far ahead of Jamaica’s one.
Last meeting: In their last meeting of 2015 in an International friendly, Giles Barnes and Darren Mattock’s goals helped Jamaica to secure a 2-1 win over them.
Jamaica’s Last 5 Matches:
|vs. Chile||1-2 (W)|
|vs. Costa Rica||3-0 (L)|
|vs. Costa Rica||1-1 (D)|
|vs. Haiti||0-1 (W)|
|vs. Panama||0-2 (L)|
Venezuela’s Last 5 Matches:
|vs. Guatemala||1-1 (D)|
|vs. Costa Rica||2-1 (L)|
|vs. Panama||0-0 (D)|
|vs. Galicia||1-1 (D)|
|vs. Chile||1-4 (L)|
Jamaica Team News: Jamaica might consider their team solidly strong in the defense as they have English Premier League superstars, Crystal Palace’s Adrian Mariappa and champion Leicester’s captain and center back Wes Morgan in their lineup. Midfielder Simon Dawkins have been knocked out from the tournament due to an injury and replaced by Exeter City’s Midfielder Joel Grant. He will be assisted by team captain Randolph Austin and Blackburn Rover’s Lee Williamson. Team Jamaica is probably going to play with two forwards. Giles Barnes and Dever Orgill are expected to take those spots for the team.
Possible Lineup (4-4-2 Formation):
Taylor, Morgan, Mariappa, Lawrence,
Watson, Austin, McAnuff, Dawkins,
Venezuela Team News: The La Vinotinto might not be the favorite for this match, but they have some amazing players in their squad. The team is predicted to be lined up with 4-3-2-1 formation. They have a well experienced defense line up with Oswaldo Vizcarrondo and Roberto Rosales leading the lineup. They have also some familiar faces in the midfield zone along with their captain Tomas Rincon and Atletico Nacional’s midfielder Alejandro Guerra. The forward line will be leaded by English Premier League’s team West Bromwich Albion’s top striker Salomon Rondon and he will be the top player from their side to be watched for.
Possible Lineup (4-3-2-1 Formation):
Velazquez, Vizcarrondo, Rosales, Gonzalez,
Guerra, Seijas, Otero,
The Jamaicans are predicted to be the winner of this battle and the possible final score would be 1-0 for them.
Match: Jamaica vs. Venezuela (Group stage of COPA AMERICA 2016)
When: 21:00 (GMT), June 5, 2016
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Live TV coverage: Fox channels, Univision, Univision Deportes, Sony ESPN
Online Stream: Fox Sports GO, Fox Soccer 2GO, Fox Sports 2GO, Univision Deportes USA, fubo.tv