Our prediction for this match:
Copa America title holders Chile square off against Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon in the opening match of their 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup campaign. La Roja played out a 1-1 draw with Russia in their last warm-up game and Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men are eager to return to winning ways. Alexis Sanchez is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders and Bayern Munich ace Arturo Vidal will be yet another man to watch in the South American team. Chile have big ambitions for the 2017 Confederations Cup and despite the fact that Cameroon won the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year, we are tempted to put our money on La Roja. When the two teams met at the 1998 World Cup they played out a 1-1 draw, but Chile are closer to winning Sunday’s football match. It is well known that fellow South America side Brazil won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Highlighted Player (Allan Nyom):
After playing amateur football in his homeland France, Allan Nyom began his professional career at Arles-Avignon. The pacey full back made 37 appearances for the club in the 2008/2009 season and at the end of the campaign he signed a deal with Serie A side Udinese. However, given the great collaboration between Udinese and Granada, he was immediately sent on loan to the Estadio Nuevo los Carmenes outfit.
Granada finished the 2009/2010 season in top position in the Segunda Division and, as a result, they secured automatic promotion to the Spanish top flight. Allan Nyom established himself as a first-team regular and it has to be noted that he made 32 appearances for los Granadinos in the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign. After spending five seasons at Granada, Nyom joined Watford in 2015 and he moved to fellow Premier League side WBA at the end of the season.
The WBA defender represents Cameroon on the international stage and he made his debut for Les Lions Indomptables on November 11, 2011.
Highlighted Team (Chile):
The Chilean Football Federation has been established in 1895 while Chile’s first-ever international game was a 3-1 loss to Argentina in 1910. The two countries formed a remarkable rivalry over the years and it was exactly against Argentina that Chile won their last major trophy – a 2015 Copa America title.
Prior to their 2015 title Chile had been runners-up in the competition on four different occasions. Chile triumphed in a dramatic final on penalty kicks to reach their first tournament championship. In a symbolic turn of events, Chile start their 2016 Copa America Centenario with a rematch against Argentina. The most capped player of the Chile national team is Barcelona goalkeeper who has past his 100-match mark with the squad he has been a part of since 2004.
Former Lazio and Juventus striker, the legendary Marcelo Salas is the leading scorer with 37 goals to his name. Key player to the current set up is Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez who has been the team’s leader on the pitch since 2006.