HOUSTON, Sporting Alert – Mexico and Venezuela will battle for the top spot in Group C of the Copa America tournament in Houston on Monday night.
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Both nations are locked on six points each after winning both their opening games in the group stage, but will go in search of a third victory, as they seek to avoid a possible quarterfinals clash with top-ranked Argentina.
Influential midfielder Andres Guardado returns to starting lineup for Mexico after missing the win over Jamaica because of a suspension for a red card against Uruguay in the group opener.
The return of Guardado, who captain’s the team tonight, gives El Tri a quality advantage in the midfield, with Paul Aguilar, Hector Herrera and the Manchester United linked Hirving Lozano also starting in the middle as well.
Star striker Javier Hernandez is on the bench to start this game, with Javier Aquino and Oribe Peralta leading the attack.
Also resting from the start tonight is captain and leading centre-back Rafael Marquez, as Hector Moreno, Diego Reyes, Jesus Molina and Jorge Torres start in the backline.
Venezuela picked up 1-0 wins over Jamaica and Uruguay in their two group openers and could be a big test for Mexico.
Without a doubt, their performance has been one the tournament’s surprise for many, but Mexico’s Peralta wasn’t too shocked, as he always believed they had enough quality.
Among the starters tonight for Venezuela are Alejandro Guerra and Christian Santos, but West Bromwich forward Salomon Rondon is on the bench.
Venezuela Team: Daniel Hernandez, Jose Velazquez, Wilker Angel, Rolf Feltscher, Alexander Gonzalez, Luis Seijas, Tomas Rincon, Adalberto Penaranda, Alejandro Guerra, Christian Santos
Mexico Team: Jose Corona, Hector Moreno, Diego Reyes, Jesus Molina, Jorge Torres, Paul Aguilar, Andrés Guardado, Hector Herrera, Hirving Lozano, Javier Aquino, Oribe Peralta