Our match prediction:
All eyes will be on Rose Bowl when Brazil and Ecuador take on each other in Group B derby. The Selecao failed to impress at the 2015 Copa America, with the team suffering elimination in the quarter-finals of the tournament in Chile and they are certainly eager to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign. Coach Carlos Dunga, though, will not count on key player Neymar for the Copa America Centenario as the Barcelona ace will represent Brazil at the Rio Olympics. Former AC Milan star Kaka made the squad, but seeing that Carlos Dunga can’t count on a number of first-team regulars for the Ecuador game, we predict that los Amarillos will grab something from Sunday’s football match. A man to watch in the home team will be Chelsea winger Willian, while West Ham United attacker Enner Valencia could prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Highligted Player (Filipe Luis):
Filipe Luis is not just a household name in Brazil; he needs no introduction in Spain and England where he played for various clubs. The left back is known for his tireless approach to the game and an unflinching attitude to protect his goal. Luis started his career with Brazilian club Figueirense and moved across clubs. It was only when he moved to Deportivo La Coruna in 2008 that he came into limelight. After a successful stint with Deportivo, he was snapped up by Atletico Madrid where he won several trophies including La Liga. He was a key member of Diego Simeone’s team that reached the finals of 2014 Champions League. Filipe Luis then joined Chelsea in 2014 but returned to Atletico only a year later. He made his national debut in 2009 and has so far earned 22 caps. Having already won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 30-year-old defender is an important player for Brazil.
Highlighted Team (Ecuador):
Ecuador had endured difficult times in footballing terms having been considered to be one of the more struggling football nations in South America, but the Tri have managed to transform themselves into a team that can never be taken lightly at the international scene. Ecuador has taken part in three of the 22 World Cups with 12 position they achieved in 2006 in Germany being their best result so far. La Tricolor head into Copa America Centenario tied at the top of CONMEBOL’s World Cup qualifying table and their chances of making it through from group B have been increased with good results and alike performances. Ivan Hurtado played for El Tri since 1992 to 2014 and former centre-back remains the most capped international with 168 games to his name. Ecuador captain Walter Ayovi is the active player with most games in the national team, while Felipe Caicedo with 19 goals is the top scorer of Gustavo Quinteros’ side.