Our football match prediction:
Paraguay will be looking to build on a 2-1 win over Colombia when they square off against Venezuela in the decider. A win over La Vinotinto could see la Albirroja book their place in the play-offs and we predict that the hosts will leave their hearts on the field in Wednesday’s football match. The Paraguayans proved their worth in the 2-1 triumph over Colombia and they are likely to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Venezuela are the rock-bottom team and they have nothing to play for in their last group game. La Vinotinto did well to hold Uruguay to a goalless draw in their last qualifying match, but it has to be noted that they are on a six-game winless run in the process. When the two teams met in Ciudad Guayana earlier in the process Venezuela recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Paraguay, with Derlis Gonzales scoring the winner for la Albirroja.
Highlighted Player (Roque Santa Cruz):
Roque Santa Cruz is one of the tallest strikers for Paraguay over the years. The 34-year-old striker has last appeared for the Spanish club Malaga on loan from Mexican club Cruz Azul. The lanky striker started his career in the youth teams of Olimpia and made his first-team debut at the age of 15 in 1997. His prolific scoring record with Olimpia earned him a transfer to German giants Bayern Munich in 1999 for a fee of €5 million. The initial promise didn’t convert to reality because of a series of injuries and heavy competition from team mates. His limited impact and appearances restricted his prolific scoring although he won numerous Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles with Bayern. Santa Cruz joined Manchester City in 2009 but injuries limited his performances. He is currently the all-time leading goal scorer for Paraguay with 32 goals and also the sixth ever player to reach 100 appearances.
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.