Our match prediction:
Buoyed by a 2-1 win over Chile, Jamaica square off against Venezuela at the start of their Copa America Centenario campaign. The Reggae Boyz failed to find the net at the last summer’s tournament in Chile, with the team losing to Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina in Group B and it remains to be seen if they are capable of picking up at least one point from the upcoming games against Venezuela, Mexico and Uruguay. Jamaica are likely to go for a win in Sunday’s football game and we predict that Winfried Shafer’s team will score against Venezuela. Los Llaneros have been struggling to find their form in 2016, but they are likely to score at least one goal against Jamaica. WBA attacker Salomon Rondon is likely to lead the line for Venezuela against the Reggae Boyz and the opposition defenders are likely to have their work cut out for them when facing the former Malaga ace.
Highligted Player (Morgan):
Wes Morgan is an experienced 32-year-old defender who plays for English Premier League team Leicester City and the Jamaica national team. Morgan spent majority of his career at his boyhood club Nottingham Forest playing more than 400 games for them across 10 seasons. He was their longest-serving player when he transferred to Leicester City in 2012. Morgan soon became the captain of Leicester City and had great success with the Foxes most notably winning the Championship title in 2014 and the Premier League title in 2016. Morgan was born and brought up in England but chose to represent his ancestral nation at international level. He debuted for Jamaica in 2013 and was part of the teams that competed in the 2015 Copa America. He was also a successful member of the Jamaican team that finished second in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Morgan is a tough tackling defender and is a sturdy presence at the back.
Highlighted Team (Venezuela):
The Venezuela national team is the member of South American CONMEBOL confederation competing at the international stage since 1938, at the same time fighting for glory and popularity in the country where baseball diverts all of the attention from the sport. With increased popularity of the FIFA World Cup the country found enough motivation and incentive to increase player development and fan support in order to strengthen the cult of the national football team. However, South American minnows Venezuela have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup and as of 2014 they remain the only CONMEBOL member not to achieve this feat. La Vinotinto have however appeared in 15 Copa America tournament with their first entry coming in 1967. Their best result was the fourth-place finish in 2011 and under the new leadership of Rafael Dudamet, Venezuela are looking for an upset at Copa America Centenario. The most prominent player of the Venezuela national team is New York Cosmos midfielder Juan Arango who is the team’s top scorer and the player with most caps.