Venezuela vs Peru by Isaiah
Venezuela will be entering this match without much of stress, since the team has only five points after twelve rounds and stands on the last position without realistic chances to get into the race for first five positions in the group. After twelve matches played the team has one victory only, two draws and nine losses staying without chances same as Bolivia which is second from the bottom with two points more.
In last two official matches before this one, Venezuelans reacted well and got the first victory at home against maybe even the weakest side in the group Bolivia 5:0, but then suffered quite heavy 3:0 defeat on the road to Ecuador back in the middle of Novemeber. They got easily outplayed against much more superior side, conceding all three goals in the second half when the hosts upped their tempo via Mina Meza, Bolanos and Valencia.
In comparison to previous rosters, team won't be counting at goalkeeper Dani Hernandez (31/0, Tenerife), defenders Oswaldo Vizcarrondo (81/8, Nantes), Roberto Rosales (68/0, Malaga), Andres Tunez (16/0, Elche), midfielder Luis Manuel Seijas (67/2, Internacional), Cesar Gonzalez (62/5, La Guaira), Ronald Vargas (22/3, AEK Athens), strikers Mario Rondon (13/3, Shijiazhuang) and Yonathan Del Valle (13/0, Bursaspor).
Peru on the other side, didn't do much better these qualifications for now, but at least the team has mathematical chances to get back into the race, especially in case they get a victory here. After twelve rounds played, they sit at eight position with four victories, two draws and six defeats, being five points below fifth placed Argentina and come into this match being in a must win situation.
They also had two official matches in Novemeber, firstly winning on the road against Paraguay in one of more impressive matches of late when the side won 4:1, even though they were back in the scoreline from ninth minute, but impressed a lot in the repetition deserving the victory fully, while Brazil was way more stronger just few days later winning over them in front of Peru's fans with 0:2 result thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus and Augusto in the second halftime.
In comparison to previous rosters, important players such as defenders Carlos Zambrano (43/4 Rubin Kazan), Juan Manuel Vargas (62/4, Universitario), midfielders Luiz da Silva (5/1, Gremio), Carlos Lobaton (47/1, Sporting Cristal), Jefferson Farfan (75/22, Lokomotiv Moscow), striker Claudio Pizarro (85/20, Werder Bremen) weren't called up due to different reasons. Left back Luis Advincula (Tigres) was called up but probably won't play here.
Peru usually plays on counter attacks away from home and they surely do have decent quality upfront. I see the visitors being way more motivated for this one, as well as being with better morale and surely with more of individual quality than their hosts that have actually nothing to play for except their own national pride.