Our prediction for this Copa America match:
Uruguay will be looking to build on a thrilling 4-0 win over Ecuador when they take on Japan at Arena do Gremio on Friday morning. La Celeste extending their winning run in all competitions to four games and, no doubt, they are brimming with confidence ahead of their second group game. The Uruguayans aim to get their job done in Group C as soon as possible and we predict that they will go all guns blazing on the Samurai Blue.
The wild card team, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-0 loss to Chile and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling la Celeste’s party in Porto Alegre. When the two teams met in a friendly last year Japan defeated Uruguay 4-3 and we are positive that Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez and Co. are going to get their revenge on the Asian team.
Highlighted Player (Gaston Pereiro):
Uruguay midfielder Gaston Pereiro has been with PSV since 2015 when he was transferred from his boyhood club Nacional. An attacking midfielder is a member of the Uruguayan U-20 national team and is yet to receive a senior call-up he hopes will come with fine performances at the club he is contracted to until 2020.
Pereiro is a flamboyant midfielder who adds creativity and flair to PSV’s play. The Uruguay international has already achieved the cult status with the supporters, despite being at the club a little over a year. Pereiro scored a brace against PSV’s most feared and detested rivals Ajax, writing his name into the club’s history books as his presence proved to be pivotal in earning three points that proved to be the difference between the two rivals at the end of the season.
Gaston Pereiro made 30 Eredivisie appearances in his maiden season with PSV scoring 12 goals in the process and fans hope that the Uruguay midfielder will add up to the tally in the new season as well.
Highlighted Team (Japan):
Japan national team have been making progress year by year. The Samurai Blue are regarded as one of the best Asian teams and they have established themselves as the regular participants of the FIFA World Cup finals. Japan qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France for the first time in the national team’s history, but they have been taking part at the showpiece tournament ever since.
The Samurai Blue then co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup with South Korea and they did well to make it to the last 16 of the major tournament. The Japanese national team repeated the success eight years later in South Africa, where they were beaten by Paraguay on penalties in the last 16.
It has to be noted that Japan are the only Asian team that participated in the Copa America, with the team taking part in the 2009 and the 2011 tournament. The Samurai Blue wear blue shirts and blue shorts when playing at home, whereas their away kits are grey-white.