Our match prediction:
After sharing the spoils with the likes of Brazil and Peru in previous two games at Copa America Centenario, Ecuador will be looking to record their first win in Group B when they face rock-bottom Haiti at MetLife Stadium. La Tri face a must-win situation in Monday’s football game and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the minnows. Following a 1-0 loss to Peru in their opener, Haiti suffered a heavy 7-1 loss to Brazil in their second group game and, as a result, they failed to book their place in the knockout stages of the tournament. Only a win counts for Ecuador this time out and we predict that Antonio Valencia and Co. will emerge triumphant in the MetLife Stadium clash. Enner Valencia opened his goal-scoring account against Peru and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Highligted 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 (Haiti):
Haiti have been FIFA members since 1934 despite making their international debut nine years prior in a 2-1 loss to Jamaica. Haiti is the country with one of the longest football reputation in the Caribbean becoming only the second team from the region to make it to the World Cup. Their 1974 entrance is their only appearance to date however. Haiti national team are making their Copa America debut at the Centenario in the United States and despite the fact Les Grenadiers have been considered minnows and underdogs on paper, they are sure to provide a competitive bite for their rivals. Heading into their first-ever Copa America, Haiti will be looking to repeat the heroics from the golden age of the Haitian football in 1970s. Member of the most prominent generation Emmanuel Sanon remains to this date the most distinguished player of the team and the most capped player with 100 games. Former San Diego Sockers striker is also Haiti’s top scorer with 47 goals to his name.