Our match prediction:
Ecuador will be looking to put an end to their four-match winless run when they take on Peru in their second group game at the 2016 Copa America. La Tri managed to hold Brazil to a goalless run in the opening match of their Copa America Centenario campaign and they are now fully focused on Thursday’s football match against los Incas. Peru are without their star players Jefferson Farfan and Claudio Pizarro at the tournament in USA, but they managed to beat Haiti (1-0) in their opener. Nonetheless, Peru will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s game against Ecuador and considering that La Tri are eager to record their first win at the 2016 Copa America, we predict that Gustavo Quinteros’ men are going to pick up all three points from the match. A man to watch in the home team will be Premier League ace Enner Valencia.
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 (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.