Venezuela vs Canada Preview: Cautious Approach for a Historic Achievement

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
4 July 2024, 14:18

Venezuela vs Canada

The quarterfinals of the 2024 Copa America will feature an intriguing clash between Venezuela and Canada at the AT&T Stadium. Venezuela, often considered an underdog in South American football, has been a revelation in this tournament, while Canada has made history by advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time.

Venezuela comes into this match with a strong record, having won all their group stage matches. On the other hand, Canada, despite some struggles, managed to secure their spot in the knockout stages with a crucial draw against Chile. According to Venezuela vs Canada odds, the teams come almost as equals, despite Venezuela’s seemingly better results.

Venezuela Team News

Venezuela has been one of the surprising teams in this Copa America run, finishing the group stage with a perfect record, yet did not show any standout display. 2 goals against Ecuador were scored after a disqualification in the opponent's camp, as Venezuela did not look better in the game. The victory over Mexico (1-0) was achieved with the help of a penalty, besides, the Mexicans themselves did not realise their penalty. And only in the last round against modest Jamaica, when the task of reaching the knockout stage was already solved, and Jamaica lost its chances for the playoffs, the teams played openly, without regard to the result.

The Venezuelan team led led by the experienced Salomón Rondón, who has been instrumental in their attacking play, scoring two goals and providing an assist in the tournament so far. Despite the incohesiveness in their display, Venezuelan defence has been quite impressive, conceding only one goal so far. The main concern for the upcoming game is the disqualification of Machis, who was, perhaps, the leading creative player in the attack.

Canada Team News

Canada's journey to the quarterfinals has been historic, making their first-ever appearance in this stage of the Copa America. However, the team is having serious problems when it comes to attacking display, despite having two prominent attacking players, Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David. Under Jesse Marsch’s leadership, Canada played two more friendly matches in addition to three games at this tournament.

During these matches, the team scored only 1 goal. This goal happened in the match against Peru, with Peru playing with 10 men. Due to the tournament situation, Peru were forced to attack even in this situation, conceding from the Canadian counterattack. 

Venezuela vs Canada Prediction

Total Under 2.5

A viscous and cautious game, the final result of which will prevail over the quality of the football shown, can be expected here. Canada under Jesse Marsch struggles a lot when it comes to attacking display and the main stars of the team, Davies and David seem to be detached from other teammates. Venezuela, despite scoring 6 goals in two matches, has its own problems, especially when it comes to dealing with an oversaturated defence, as Canadian. In these circumstances, it is logical to expect quite an unproductive match. This Venezuela vs Canada prediction comes at 1.55 at MrPlay.

Both Teams to Score - No

Both teams will not count players of the attacking line due to disqualification. Venezuela will be missing Machis, Canada will be without Buchanan. This will weaken the already poor variability of the attacking capabilities of both teams and adds confidence that someone will not be able to score in this game. With the cautious approach adopted and the problems that surrounding both teams in their capabilities when it comes to positional attack, it is unlikely to expect bright football in this match. This outcome can be picked up at 1.73 at MrPlay.

Venezuela Draw No Bet

Venezuela unexpectedly turned out to be one of the most successful teams of this Copa America draw in terms of result. If not taking into account the incohesiveness in the game and relatively weak bench, both players and coaching staff had a serious morale boost after the team’s successes. Canada, narrowly crawling into the knockout, on the contrary, looks quite lost on the pitch at times, and if not for Maxime Crepeau’s heroics on the line in several instances, it is highly unlikely that the Canucks would have been in the playoffs. In this regard, the nominal hosts can outplay their opponent solely on high spirits. This Venezuela vs Canada tip comes at 1.71 at MrPlay.

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