Our match prediction:
Uruguay will be looking to make amends for a 3-1 loss to Mexico when they square off against Uruguay at Lincoln Financial Field in their second group game at the 2016 Copa America. La Celeste experienced all sorts of problems in their opener, but you should bear in mind that key striker Luis Suarez missed the match with injury. However, as reports in Uruguay suggest, the Barcelona attacker should recover in time to face el Vinotinto, meaning that home win should be considered. Venezuela recorded a 1-0 win over Jamaica in their opener, but Friday’s football game against Uruguay will be anything but a walk in the park for Rafael Dudamel’s troops. Oscar Tabarez is likely to count on all of his key players for the Venezuela game and we predict that La Celeste are going to emerge triumphant in their second group game at Copa America Centenario.
Highligted Player (Caceres):
Martin Caceres is a widely travelled and well known Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Juventus. Primarily a central defender, Caceres is known for his tenacity, pace, strength, tackling and aerial ability. He is versatile and can operate as full-back on either sides too. Caceres started his career at Defensor Sporting and became a regular at a very young age. In 2007, he went to Spanish side Villarreal but never officially appeared for them. He then was snapped up by Barcelona in 2008 for a reported transfer fee of € 16.5 million. But his only season at the Camp Nou was marred with injuries and moved to Juventus in 2012 via a short stop at Sevilla. Caceres made his full senior team debut in 2007 and was a successful member of the team that won the 2011 Copa America. He also played at the 2014 World Cup and has 68 national caps to his credit.
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.