Ricardo Gareca
Peru's coach Ricardo Gareca (C) gives instructions to his players during a training sessionGetty

Peru will take on Venezuela in the 2015 Copa America Group C clash at Estadio Elias Figueroa Branderon on 18 June.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is at 12:30am BST (on Friday). Live coverage of the match will be available on Premier Sports.

Overview

Peru come into this fixture after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Brazil in their first fixture of the tournament. They took a lead from Christian Cueva's goal in the third minute, which was cancelled two minutes later by Neymar.

The game was heading into a draw, until a brilliant pass from Barcelona star to Douglas Costa in stoppage time that saw the latter smash the ball past the Peru keeper and into the net. The late goal saw Ricardo Gareca's side suffer a defeat.

Jose Salomon Rondon
Jose Salomon Rondon scored the only goal of the game during Venezuela's 1-0 victory over ColombiaGetty

Meanwhile, Venezuela enter this fixture after sealing a narrow 1-0 victory over Colombia. Zenit Saint Petersburg Jose Salomon Rondon's goal was the difference between the two sides as Noel Sanvicente's men seal three points.

On Wednesday, Brazil lost to Colombia 1-0 in their second match of the Copa America. The two teams share same points and same goal difference, but Brazil's better goal scoring record has seen them sit second on the table, while Colombia are third.

Venezuela are on top of the table and a victory on Thursday will seal them secure a place in the quarter finals of the tournament. At the same time, it could end Peru's chances of progressing to the next round of this edition of Copa America.

Prediction

Venezuela to win

Betting odds (888Sport.com)

  • Peru to win: 17/10
  • Draw: 21/10
  • Venezuela to win: 9/5

Team form

Peru

  • Last five (all competitions): L W L D L
  • Last result: Brazil 2-1 Peru

Venezuela

  • Last five (all competitions): W W L W W
  • Last result: Colombia 0-1 Venezuela

Team news

Peru

Possible XI: Gallese; Advincula, Zambrano, Ascues, Vargas; Ballon, Lobaton; Farfan, Sanchez, Cueva; Guerrero.

Venezuela

Possible XI: Baroja; Rosales, Vizcarrondo, Tunez, Amorebieta; Rincon, Seijas, Arango, Guerra, Vargas; Rondon.