Our match prediction:
Brazil suffered an embarrassing 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semis, but this time out the Selecao gave fans a reason for celebration as they hammered Haiti in the Copa America group stages with the same score. Carlos Dunga’s men impressed in their second group game and they are on the verge of booking their place in the knockout stages. Brazil need to pick up one point from Monday’s football game against Peru if they are to meet the goal and we predict that the Selecao will adopt a cautious approach in the Gillette Stadium clash. Los Incas face a must-win situation in their final group game, but beating the South American giants is easier said than done. Peru recorded their last win over Brazil back in 1960 and, taking everything into account, share of spoils appears on the horizon.
Highligted Player (Vargas):
Juan Manuel Vargas is an experienced 32-year-old left back who can also play as a winger. He currently plays for the Spanish club Real Betis. Vargas is well-known for his dribbles, free-kicks and accurate crosses. He started his career with Universitario where he quickly became a first-team regular by 2004. His first stint in Italy was with Serie A club Catania in 2006. Vargas was one of their best players and was always a first team regular at Catania. His impressive performances helped them retain their Serie A survival for two seasons. With many clubs vying for his signature, Vargas joined Fiorentina in 2008 for a reported transfer fee of €12 million – reportedly rebuffing Real Madrid. Though he struggled initially, Vargas settled in an advanced attacking role after becoming a crucial part of the Viola squad. His international career began in 2004 and has represented his country in 62 matches so far.
Highlighted Team (Brazil):
One of the most decorated teams in world football, Selecao have also been regarded as one of the most attractive and exciting teams with glowing reputation preceding them. Members of the CONMEBOL confederation, Brazil have played their first international in 1914 losing to bitter rivals Argentina with a comfortable 3-0 margin. Brazil is the most successful nation in the FIFA World Cup with five championship title to their name. However, Selecao failed to advance past the quarter-finals of the last two tournaments last winning their World Cup in 2002. Their last title was the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the star-studded team will be looking to get back to winning ways at this year’s historic Copa America Centenario in the United States. Legendary Pele is Brazil’s top scorer with 77 goals to his name, while the team’s biggest star of the modern era Barcelona forward Neymar is sitting in fifth place having so far netted 46.