- Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos
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- Venezuela have won just one of their last eight outings, losing five.
- Ecuador have lost their last three matches, failing to score in two.
- Venezuela have failed to hit the net in their last three starts.
Weak forwards set to flop in Rio
Both of these teams will be targeting this tie to grab the win they need to secure knockout qualification and that should lead to a cagey encounter at Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos.
With four teams from each group progressing to the quarter-finals, one victory is likely to be enough to seal progress and these sides will arguably view each other as their best opportunity to bag three points, with Ecuador ranked 7th in CONMEBOL and Venezuela two places behind in 9th.
Recent form makes it hard to fancy either, though, with Venezuela winning just one of their last eight starts (D2, L5) and Ecuador losing their last three on the spin.
Venezuela have a marginal edge already in their quest for qualification after a goalless stalemate with Colombia in midweek, but that was the third game in succession where Jose Peseiro’s men have failed to get on the scoresheet.
With Ecuador scoring just one goal in their last three games, under 2.5 goals is the pick here and we’re also chancing a third 0-0 draw in four outings for Venezuela, as there’s a good chance that both blunt forward lines will fail to make any real impact.
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- 30 Jul