Our prediction for this Copa America match:
Estadio Olimpico Pedro Ludovico will host Group B clash between Ecuador and Peru, the two teams who are desperate to book their place in the Copa America quarter-finals. La Tricolor are eyeing their first win of the process, but beating Peru, who impressed in the triumph over Colombia, is easier said than done. The bad news for the nominal hosts is that experienced attacker Enner Valencia misses the game through suspension.
The Peruvians, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 4-0 loss to Brazil, with the team beating los Cafeteros in their second group game. Considering that Ecuador will be without key attacker in Wednesday’s clash, away win should definitely be considered. Peru boss Ricardo Gareca is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated Colombia, meaning that Serie A attacker Gianluca Lapadula is going to continue to lead the line for La Blanquirroja.
Highlighted Player (Enner Valencia):
Enner Valencia is a prolific 26-year-old striker who plays for West Ham United in the English Premier League. Nicknamed “Superman”, Valencia started his career with Emelec in 2010. He enjoyed league success with Emelec and was awarded the “Copa Sudamericana Golden Boot” in 2013.
He also played for Pachuca in Mexico winning the Liga MX Golden Boot in 2014. His goal-scoring record and pace caught the attention of West Ham which bought him for an estimated £12 million in July 2014. At international level, Valencia made his debut in 2012 and has represented the country in 24 games so far. He is one of Ecuador’s top ten goal scorers of all time with 14 goals.
He has already represented Ecuador at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 Copa America tournaments. Enner Valencia is Ecuador’s joint top scorer – along with Agustin Delgado – in World Cup tournaments with three goals.
Highlighted Team (Peru):
Peru national team has been competing at the international stage since 1927 when they played their first ever match against Uruguay. Over the course of their history, La Blanquirroja have formed long-standing rivalries with Chile and Ecuador while 1970s brought the team a worldwide recognition during the period that is to this date considered the most successful in Peruvian football.
Teofilo Cubillas, the team’s top scorer with 26 goals to his name is considered Peru’s greatest player helped the team qualify for three World Cups and win the Copa America in 1975. Peru are the two-time champion of the tournament, who came close to lifting the Copa America trophy again in recent years, finishing third in 2011 and 2015 respectively.
La Blanquirroja are managed by Ricardo Gareca commonly referred to as the Tiger who will lead his team to 2016 Copa America Centenario looking to win Peru its first trophy at a major tournament since 1982.