Jamaica will kick-off their Copa America Centenario against CONMEBOL side Venezuela as the two teams open the Group C games on Sunday 5th June at Soldier Field Chicago.
The Caribbean giants Jamaica who is ranked 55 in FIFA world rankings are one of the 6 nations representing CONCACAF in the 16 team competition while the remaining 10 teams comes for CONMEBOL. Jamaica qualified for this special edition of the tournament after they won the 2014 edition of the Caribbean cup.
On the other hand, Venezuela currently ranked 74th in the FIFA world ranking will be hoping to see this 1st game as an advantage as their next two games will be against Mexico and Uruguay, they need nothing less than a win in this game if they must qualify from the group stage.
Venezuela have dropped 38 places in the world ranking since 2013 keeping them on the 74th in Current FIFA world ranking.
Venezuela are currently winless in their last 6 games in the World Cup qualifiers, also their defense seems to be very poor as they are conceding and average of 3 goals per match.
Jamaica haven’t been in an excellent shape, their last 4 World cup qualifiers game have seen a victory, a draw and two loses. They were victorious in their last game which was a friendly against Chile.
Jamaica: Team News
The manager W. Schafer will be hoping for an easy victory in this game before they face the tougher opponents in their group
Jamaica: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Blake – Taylor, Morgan, Mariappa, Lawrence – Watson, Austin, McAnuff, Dawkins – Barnes, Orgill.
Venezuela: Team News
No magic is expected from the coach Rafeal Dudamel but he will be hoping that the presence of some Venezuela stars plying their trade in Europe will help him go far in the competition
Venezuela: Predicted Line-up (4-3-2-1)
Hernandez – Velazquez, Vizcarrondo, Rosales, Gonzalez – -Guerra, Seijas, Otero – Rincon, Rondón – Martinez
Jamaica vs Venezuela: Head to Head stats
Both teams have played 2 times in 2011 and 2015 which they have both won once each. The last game was won by the Reggae boys 2-1 while the first game was won by Venezuela
Jamaica vs Venezuela: Prediction
Jamaica have an upper hand in this game with their good form compared to their opponent Venezuela, they fight to win this game which looks more easier on paper than other games against Mexico and Uruguay.
I’m not condemning Venezuela, but it’ll be a miracle to see them pull a win in this group. I predict 2-0 win for the Caribbean side.
Recommended Bet: Over 1.5 goals (odds @ 1.50)
Best Bet: Jamaica win (odds 3.00)
Risky Bet: Scored Draw (odds 4.50)
*All Odds from Ladbrokes at the time of composing this article.
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